What? Bake bacon? In an oven? But what about my skillet?
Don’t dig out your frying pan. You absolutely CAN (and should) cook bacon in an oven. The flavor is to die for and cleanup is a super easy. So that’s why, on International Bacon Day, we want to share the secret method for making expertly cooked bacon in the oven, or as we like to call it, perfect baked bacon. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
The premise to perfect baked bacon is simple. Set the temperature to 400°F, and lay the bacon slices (we like thick cut here) flat on a baking sheet or your toaster oven pan. Bake, for about 15 minutes, or until the bacon is done to your liking. If you want to make cleanup easy as possible, line your pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper prior to placing the bacon slices.
When your bacon is finished, it will be crispy, but light, in a unique way. The texture is almost buttery, in a way you can’t replicate with pan-frying or microwaving. It’s absolutely delicious in a BLT with an equally substantial layer of mayo, lettuce and ripe summer tomato slices. But be warned–once you try this toaster oven method, you may never cook your bacon another way again.
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