How to Cook Bacon. My favorite method is to bake it in the oven for less mess and it’s so easy to make a large batch all at once.
Bacon, oh how I love bacon. I guess that comes as no surprise to anyone who comes around regularly. If you haven’t tried baking bacon, you have to try it. It’s so easy and it is my go to method these days.
Petit Jean Meats Bacon is my absolute favorite and the best part is you can have it delivered right to your doorstep. Let me tell you, it is a very exciting day at my house when we get bacon deliveries.
I just line a big baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper and layer the bacon over it. I have used foil when I’m out of parchment paper, but I much prefer the parchment paper. Bake the bacon for about 20 minutes and you have crispy, crunchy, perfectly cooked bacon.
It’s so easy and I love that I can make a huge batch for the whole family. No more standing over the skillet getting the you-know-what popped out of me from the grease. Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate until ready to serve.
Now this next step is very important. Carefully drain the drippings into a mason jar. This stuff is like liquid gold. Every good southern kitchen has a mason jar of bacon drippings or bacon grease as I so fondly call it.
Bacon drippings are great to have on hand to make cream gravy for breakfast or Chicken Fried Steak Bites. I also love to brown my favorite Beer Braised Pot Roast, this Bacon Fat Rubbed Pork Loin. Not to mention making fried potatoes. Liquid gold I tell you.
My new favorite thing to do with bacon drippings is to make Bacon Croutons. Seriously, they are the best thing I’ve ever tasted!
I made a fabulous Kicked Up Chef’s Salad for Petit Jean Eats blog and the Bacon Croutons absolutely stole the show. Be sure to head on over and check out the recipe. It will be your new favorite summer salad.
Be sure to try this super easy method of cooking bacon and don’t forget to save the bacon drippings!
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- 1 pound of Petit Jean Bacon
- parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Layer bacon in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp and cooked through. Drain on paper towel lined plate. Reserve bacon drippings in a mason jar and refrigerate for other uses.
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