Cook Your Bacon Instead Of Frying. Master Chef Shares The Secret To Crispy Bacon Whenever You Want It.
Ahhh, the smell of bacon. Does everyone in your house wake up as soon as that delicious smell starts wafting through the air? Cooking bacon perfectly to please your crowd can be tricky. There is a small window of time where it is perfectly crispy yet not burnt, cooked evenly and not soggy. Don’t you wish you knew a trick to cook a bunch of bacon perfectly every time?
Here’s a hint: put away your frying pan. It is not big enough to lay the bacon flat, and it ends up folding over on itself and cooking unevenly. Cooking perfect bacon can be a long process with little reward and unappetizing results. Rest assured there is an easier way to cook bacon for your family with more predictable results.
Preheat your oven and get ready to bake your bacon! Baking it assures a more even temperature, and you can use larger baking dishes and pans to lay long pieces of bacon flat. No more bubbles or unevenly cooked rubbery spots on your bacon!
Adam Sappington, the executive chef and owner of The Country Cat restaurant, says “the bacon cooks more evenly without the hot spots which can occur in a skillet.” This is the secret to bacon that lays flat and is crispy throughout.
Adam and his wife, Jackie, are both chefs in their restaurant and co-authors of Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat. They are familiar with having to cook many pounds of bacon at one time for their restaurant patrons.
Adam recommends bacon that has been cured for at least 5 days. He prefers to avoid ingredients such as corn syrup and liquid smoke, and prefers the more natural flavors of salt, sugar, and spices. According to Adam, the flavoring in the bacon makes the biggest difference in the taste of the final product.
To make bacon in your oven, preheat it to 350 degrees. Choose a large baking dish or sheet pan with edges on every side. Line the baking pan with parchment paper to keep the bacon from sticking. Lining the baking dish also makes clean up easier when you are finished.
Lay the bacon out flat in your baking pan, making sure it does not overlap. You want the pieces to stay flat and cook evenly when they are in the oven.
Now you are ready to put the bacon in the oven. According to chef Jessie Kissinger, “for bacon that is set and partially crisp, but not too crisp, [it should be cooked for] approximately 7 minutes.” Test the baking time in your own oven to find the perfect level of crispiness for your family.
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