There are some ingredients in the world of food that are team players. They're not always the MVP but if they are missing, it's never the same. You could say this about bacon. It's not usually the main ingredient. It's often sprinkled on top, mixed in and for those who aren't afraid of it...bacon drippings are used in place of oil. The ironay is that eaters are drawn to the bacon aspect of the dish.
I love bacon. Most of the recipes I make in my kitchen that call for bacon are used this way. But on the rare occasion that bacon is the star of the dish, life just gets better. When I was making my new favorite bacon recipe, these grilled cheeses, I got thinking about the preparation and my guess is most of America does not make bacon the way we do. We bake it in our oven.
I love this technique. It frees up the stove top and I find it to taste better than when we make it in the microwave. Sure you've got to preheat your oven, but who cares. Make time for it...just once. It's worth a try. I promise. Then come back and tell me what you think. Keep reading for some of the best bacon recipes around the blogosphere.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, placing oven rack in middle. On a baking sheet place bacon strips next to each other. Bake bacon in oven for 12-15 minutes, rotating halfway through. If using thick-cut bacon add a few more minutes. Bacon will be ready when brown and crispy. Take bacon out of oven and set on individual plate on top of a few paper towels. Let towels absorb bacon drippings.
*Recipe doubles easily, you can even let the bacon overlap a bit.
Now it's time to share some bacon recipes! Can you ever get enough bacon?
35 Bacon Recipes
BreakfastBacon-Banana Pancakes on Project Domestication
Bacon Chocolate Scones on Completely Delicious
The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls' Missing Ingredient...Bacon on Vintage Mixer
Easy Potato and Bacon Breakfast Casserole on Our Best Bites
Quiche with Bacon and Spinach on Completely Delicious
Dressed-Up BLT Bar on Project Domestication
BLT Grilled Cheese on Foodie Crush
Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on Project Domestication
California BLT Sandwich on Sweet Treats and More
Butternut Squash Soup with Sauteed Pears, Bacon and Hazelnut Cream on Vintage Mixer
Slow Cooker Bacon and Corn Chowder on Taste and Tell
Baked Potato Soup on Two Peas and Their Pod
Wilted Spinach and Bacon Salad on Project Domestication
Mixed Greens, Pluots, Slivered Almonds and Bacon on Cafe Johnsonia
Wheat-Berry Salad with Bacon, Pecans, Spinach and Sun-Dried Cherries on Vintage Mixer
Broccoli Salad on Our Best Bites
Creamy Bacon Pasta on Sweet Basil
Sides & Appetizers
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good on Project Domestication
Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuff Mushrooms on Mountain Mamma Cooks
Onion and Bacon Marmalade Recipe on Cookin' Canuck
Bacon Cheddar Drop Biscuits on Two Peas and Their Pod
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon on Mountain Mamma Cooks
Smokey Corn with Bacon on Foodie Crush
Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms on Kalyn's Kitchen
Bacon and Chive Croissant Pinwheels on Heather's Dish
Cheddar Bacon and Chive Biscuits on Completely Delicious
Clam and Bacon Pizza on Taste and Tell
Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs on Barbara Bakes
BBQ Chicken Deluxe Pan Pizza on Two Peas and Their Pod
Bacon n' Egg Breakfast Pasta on Sweet Treats and More
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf on Taste and Tell
BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Spicy Bacon Rub on Barbara Bakes
Dessert & Sweets
Bacon and Cashew Caramel Corn on Vintage Mixer
Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe on David Lebovitz (A favorite of mine!)
How to Make a Bacon Bouquet on Our Best Bites