How do you cook your bacon? What do you do if a whole group of people are coming over for breakfast? Questions I needed to answer this morning because I was cooking for 7 people and I wanted bacon, omelets, baked eggs and toast. My father-in-law, both of my step-son’s and one of their friends, along with Nancy and her brother were coming over to eat some breakfast before the men headed out to play some paintball… yes, paintball.
I’ve been playing on and off for over 20 years and I love it about as much as cooking. Yes it is actually safe and believe it or not, paintball has moved ahead of snowboarding as the fourth largest alternative sport in America. In fact over 8 million people played last year and almost 1 million played at least 15 times in the same time frame. I play with 15 to 20 other guys and gals, some lawyers, some business owners, some military guys and overall just a bunch of great people. Anyway back to the bacon!
There are several ways to cook bacon: you can fry it, microwave it, broil it or bake it. I’ve done them all with the exception of broiling and I’ve found that baking is the way to go! It is super easy and provides consistent results. It actually is pretty easy to clean up as well. Stay tuned.
Let’s start with some basic pros and cons for each way to make bacon.
Microwaving – Hard to figure out the timing, not crisp, actually lacks the best flavor and is unappealing in the looks department.
Frying in a Skillet – Better looks, better flavor, grease splatter all over your stove, hard to fit many pieces in the pan, have to pay more attention which is difficult when trying to make an omelet, toast bread, baked eggs and make a fruit tray, shrinkage, hahahah and inconsistent.
Oven Frying – Best of all worlds. – Super consistent results, perfect flavor, easy clean up, no babysitting and fast results and almost no shrinkage!
So try and bake your bacon next time, especially if you have company! Oh and here is a tip from my wonderful wife Nancy. “You can bake off the bacon a day before you need it and just heat it up in the oven when you need it. You will be the king or queen of pork. Just don’t sneak any out of the fridge before you need to serve it.” Oh and what to do with the bacon grease, put it in the pan to cook your eggs or potatoes. You will love it!
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet (must be rimmed to hold bacon fat) with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet. Bake until desired doneness from 15 to 20 minutes. Before pulling out take a quick peak to make sure the bottom is as brown as the top, if not leave for a few more minutes. Transfer bacon with tongs to a paper-lined plate, drain and devour! Please post your comments and breakfast wins and blunders!