+ Slices of Fresh Garden Tomato
+ Crisp, Cold Lettuce
A summer BLT is a wonderful thing, but sweating over a hot stove top is no joy at all. My solution is one many of you may already employ yourselves. I bake my bacon in the oven--and it comes out absolutely perfect every time.
Here's how I do it...
(1) Line a shallow rimmed baking sheet (or half-sheet pan like this one) with aluminum foil.
(2) Place a flat roasting rack (like this one) over the foil. Coat with non-stick spray for easy cleanup. (FYI - I always use Pam Grilling spray for this. It works well at high oven temps, including outdoor grills.)
(3) Lay your bacon slices flat on the rack as shown.
(4) Cook in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for about 12 minutes. Turn the strips of bacon over and bake for another 8 to 15 minutes, depending on your bacon's thickness and the amount of crispness you prefer.
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SAVING MY BACON...
When the bacon is cooked to perfection, I loosely wrap two slices at a time in a paper towel. (Note: At this stage, if there is a little bacon grease left on the slices, I leave it on there for reheating results that actually sizzle.) I then place the paper-towel-wrapped bacon in a Ziplock bag and store the plastic bag in my refrigerator.
Over the next week or two, when I want bacon for a BLT or turkey club or to crumble over a salad, I take a package of the paper-towel wrapped bacon slices from the fridge, pop the whole thing in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds (no more), unroll the bacon, and I’ve got hot, sizzling slices again. If there is any visible bacon grease, now is when I blot it.
This is an amazingly efficient and convenient way to cook bacon and keeps the kitchen cool. Huzzah!
CLEO COYLE'S BLT TRIVIA
* Most Expensive BLT - The Bacon Bling sandwich at a cost of $237.00 was created by Tangberrys coffee house in Gloucestershire (UK). It was made up of seven rashers of rare breed pig, truffle spread, water cress, a free range egg, sliced truffles, saffron, edible gold dust, and it was cooked in truffle oil! The sandwich set the new world record for the most expensive bacon sandwich (commercially available), according to the World Record Academy.
* Oddest BLT? - For over three decades, a gentleman named Bill Burns anchored the local news on KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Bill was a beloved fixture in my native town, and his favorite BLT was served to him regularly by a local eatery: bacon, lettuce, tomato, and peanut butter. Not for me, but he loved it!
TO WATCH A FUN LITTLE VIDEO OF THIS FAMOUS POP ART BLT SCULPTURE BEING STACKED, CLICK HERE AND VISIT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART WEBSITE.
And may you...
Eat with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice).