That is right, you read it, I am now a true believer of “baking bacon”. I had never heard of this more than likely because my mom doesn’t do it and she is the one who taught me to cook. For those of you who did know, why didn’t you tell me sooner?!
I had to make a pound of bacon for the Loaded Baked Potato dip found in my PPIA Day-3 & 4 post and had seen recently on a cooking show that you can actually bake it. I was very hesitant because I thought that with the huge mess it makes when I cook bacon on the stove, it would be even worse in the oven and I HATE cleaning the oven! I decided to try it anyway. I Googled “baking bacon” and found a great article about it here at about.com. This article had the best directions, in my opinion, but there are lots more out there if you want to search for yourself. After reading up on the concept a bit, I found that the key is to NOT, I repeat, NOT preheat the oven.
I covered a baking sheet with foil and placed the bacon out in a single layer. I put the sheet in the oven and cranked it up to 400-degrees. I cooked it for about 20 minutes because I like my bacon crispy. It came out perfect, delicious, and it didn’t make a mess in my oven AT ALL! I was elated! No more mess, no more burns from popping grease, and no more taking forever to cook a pound of bacon. I will NEVER cook bacon on the stove again.
I was in such a hurry to make my dip and taste it that I forgot to take a picture of the bacon when it was done, but believe me, it was perfect!
This has led me to wonder…what other great cooking tips are out there that I have yet to find…