In the morning, nothing beats the mouthwatering aroma of percolating coffee and sizzling bacon. However, the crisp crunch of bacon goes equally well alongside fluffy pancakes or atop a leafy green salad. This versatile treat can be enjoyed in more amazing dishes than you might realize. Plus, cooking up a batch of bacon doesn’t have to be messy or time-consuming. Read on for the three best ways to cook bacon: the traditional method, the less messy method, and the quick method. Then keep reading for nine intriguing ideas for enjoying bacon that don’t necessarily involve breakfast or a sandwich.
12. Bacon Fried on the Stovetop
The traditional method of cooking bacon involves frying it on the stovetop. This method results in bacon perfectly cooked to your own specifications. After all, some like it extra crispy and crunchy while others prefer it soft and chewy. Cooking bacon on the stove carries the risk of mess and burns as the sizzling bacon pops and splatters. To perfectly fry your bacon with the least amount of splatter, start with a cold pan. Use low heat and allow the bacon to cook slowly. Use a pair of tongs to frequently turn the bacon and cook both sides to perfection. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess grease.
11. Oven-Baked Bacon
For evenly cooked, crispy bacon with no risk of grease splatters on your stovetop, give oven-baked bacon a try. Another bonus of this method is you won’t need to stand over the stove turning or tending the bacon. Your oven does all the work! First, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. While it’s not necessary, for extra crispy bacon you can then place a cooling rack on the cookie sheet. Next, place the bacon in strips on the paper or cooling rack, being careful not to overlap. Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on your desired level of crispness, in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. Drain your bacon on paper towels and enjoy!