Sunday, September 20, 2009
Easy "Fried" Bacon
Frying bacon in a skillet is time consuming and MESSY, especially if you are cooking a large amount. I never fry bacon on the stovetop. The easiest way to cook it is to lay strips of bacon on cookie sheets. Leave a tiny space between each slice or they can be very slightly overlapping. Bake the sheets at 350 degrees to desired crispness. You will have perfectly browned, crispy, flat bacon slices.If baking multiple sheets, rotate them half way through the cooking time. Imagine how much time you will save at your next holiday breakfast! Once you've cooked bacon this way, you'll never go back to the skillet.
After cooking, drain bacon on several layers of paper towel and blot the tops with another paper towel. Be sure to reserve the drippings from the cookie sheets in a small jar in the fridge. They add a great flavor to vegetables if a teaspoon or so is added during cooking.
Cook extra slices of bacon and store in the fridge for crumbling on top of baked potatoes or salads and adding to sandwiches and soups. They are also convenient to have on hand for a quick week-day B.L.T. simply heat for a few seconds in the microwave