Oven Cooked Bacon

This is another one of those duh posts, but seriously people – if you eat bacon (which you should), then this is the best way to prepare it.  I’ve tried all kinds of bacon cooking methods, and for the last year or so, this is the only way I cook it.  I used to get so annoyed at the messy bacon splatter all over my cooktop, and this way is completely mess free… Anyways, hope this simple little method helps you guys out – I like to make a whole pack and then stick whatever we don’t eat in the fridge…. Just about 20 seconds in a fry pan on the stove over medium heat and it is hot and ready to go for the next time.  Clean up is so easy.  Throw away parchment paper, and put cookie sheet back in cupboard.  And lastly, this post is for my super awesome brother, whom I adore, but who has asked me no less than 100 times how to cook bacon in the oven.  Here you go, bro!

oven cooked bacon

INGREDIENTS:
  • Approx 10-12 slices of organic, pastured bacon
METHOD:
  1. Preheat oven to 360F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread out bacon on cookie sheet, taking care that none of the pieces overlap.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved.  Bacon preference is a very personal thing, you know.  
  5. Take out of the oven, pour off grease into mason jar to be kept in refrigerator for later use (See Fats + Oils for reasons why we cook with bacon fat on a regular basis). 
  6. Eat.  
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
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Bacon + Green Onion Side Salad

One thing you will quickly learn about me is that I LOVE bacon.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this publicly, but last week I ate bacon for seven meals in a row.  SEVEN.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast.  Decided I should lay off for a little bit.  That lasted for one day.  I just can’t get enough.  Anyways, this salad is my go-to side salad to accompany almost any meal.  I always have the ingredients, it is super quick, and oh so tasty.  I hope you enjoy this trusty little salad.

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 head of lettuce of your choice (I use red-tip lettuce)
  • 4-6 cooked slices of organic, pastured bacon (save the fat, you’ll need it for the dressing)
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1/4 cup bacon fat
  • 1/8 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/8 cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
METHOD:
1.  Wash and tear lettuce into bite size pieces.  Combine in bowl with chopped green onions and chopped bacon.
2.  In a saucepan over low heat, melt bacon fat and add maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.  Remove from heat as soon as bacon fat returns to liquid form.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then pour over salad, toss, and serve.
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
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