This isn't just a recipe. It's a friendly reminder that B.L.T.s are an easy, delicious dinner.
Salty bacon, crisp lettuce, tangy tomatoes and creamy mayo on your favorite toasted bread. Yum.
Lately I've been thinking about sandwiches for dinner. Sandwiches are a completely acceptable and delicious dinner option that I think many of us completely forget about.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
The oven is the easiest way to cook bacon. Less mess, and less hands-on cooking. Also, it's easier to cook a big batch at once.
- Heat oven to 425 F
- Line two rimmed sheet-pans with aluminum foil or parchment
- Lay the bacon out on the sheet-pans, with a little space between each slice
- Baked 10 to 20 minutes, until desired crispiness is reached
Tips for the Crispiest Bacon
Don't Preheat the Oven: Put the sheet-pans of bacon in the oven, then turn on the heat to 425 F. Starting bacon in a cold oven helps it cook and render fat slowly, which some chefs say makes bacon crispier.
Set the Bacon on a Rack: Place a baking rack on the foil-lined sheet-pan, then place the bacon on the rack to bake. This circulates air under and around the bacon, making it crispier.
Rendered Bacon Fat
After the bacon cooks, the sheet-pans will have a nice layer of bacon fat that can be used for cooking.
Here's how to use rendered bacon fat:
- Tilt the sheet-pans to pour the hot bacon fat into a small bowl, ramekin or glass jar
- Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months
- Scoop out portions of the bacon fat and use it to saute or bake vegetables, fry eggs, spread on toast or biscuits, or make grilled cheese sandwiches
- Add avocado
- Use arugula instead of iceberg or Romaine lettuce
- Add sprouts
- Add cheese (cheddar, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, gruyere)
- Add pickled jalapenos
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- 4-Ingredient Sushi Bowls for Kids
- Barley with Eggs and Spinach
- Quick and Easy Instant Pot Pho with Ramen Noodles
- Easy and Fast Oven-Baked Tacos