Bacon is one of life's great pleasures. Crispy, salty, and hot, it complements eggs and hash browns, sandwiches and desserts. But anyone who's been served a lump of greasy, soggy bacon knows how important it is to cook it to perfection.
What You Need
High quality bacon like Niman Ranch
Baking sheet with a 1/2"-3/4" lip (to catch the grease)
1. Put your oven rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Lay the bacon strips out flat on the baking sheet, leaving space so they don't overlap.
3. Pop the bacon in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. If it's thick bacon that produces a lot of grease you'll want to drain the grease halfway through.
4. When the larger grease bubbles subside and smaller bubbles appear on the bacon, you know it's done (see pictures #3 and #4). If the bacon is already firm in the oven then it's cooked to long. Bacon firms up as it cools, generally.
Additional Notes: In picture #5 you can see the difference between the bacon on the left which was baked for 15 minutes at 375 and the bacon on the right which was cooked for almost 20 minutes. Depending on how crispy you like your bacon, you can pull it out early or leave it in for a bit longer, but a couple of minutes makes a big difference. Remember to save your bacon fat for future uses!
Here are some recipes that call for cooked bacon:
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(Images: Laure Joliet)