Monday, June 4, 2012

Ingredient: Toaster-Oven Bacon

Toaster-Oven Bacon, Butter-Steamed Egg & Blueberry Pancake

Published June 4, 2011. Restaurant and hotel chefs usually prepare bacon in large quantities in the oven. This toaster-oven method is easy to use in the home for small quantities. It is easier and cleaner than frying. A crisp, flat product emerges in 20 minutes or less. Great as a side dish, or as an ingredient in other dishes. Make extra to add bacon flavor and crispness to other dishes such as BLTs, appetizers, dips or salads.

4 slices thick-cut bacon
heavy aluminum foil larger than toaster-oven grill pan
Preheat a toaster-oven to 400 degrees F (ca 190 C; 465 K). Crumple the aluminum foil and then unfold and flatten it. Cover the toaster-oven grill pan with the aluminum foil. This creates sharp peaks to support the bacon without sticking and valleys to help the fat drain away as the bacon cooks, and greatly simplifies clean up. Arrange the bacon stretched out on the foil. Bake for 15 minutes, check for doneness, turn the bacon strips over and continue baking until crisp, another 2 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Keeps well in refrigerator or freezer, tightly wrapped in dry spot.