Who doesnít love bacon? Well, other than doctors and all of those people who are worried about saturated fats. Oh, and vegetarians, too! I know a lot of people who just drool over a crispy piece of bacon.
There are several ways to cook bacon. First, you can always fry it. This works well for a lot of people. I get too impatient, plus, popping bacon grease always seems to find my bare arm. My mother, a wonderful cook, could make the most toothsome bacon. She placed one strip on top of the other (or used thick sliced bacon) and put them in a large iron skillet where the strips would overlap slightly. Then, the skillet with the bacon strips would go into the oven at 350 degrees F. for about an hour. After 30 minutes she would turn the strips over and continue cooking until they were golden brown and crispy. Momís bacon was just the best! An added bonus was that the cooled bacon grease went into a bacon grease jar in the fridge. Like my mother, a Southern cook, I use tiny bits of the bacon grease to flavor dishes.
When it is hot in the house, the microwave is the way to cook bacon! Line a glass or ceramic microwavable platter or pie pan with a double thickness of white Viva paper towels. Donít even think of using another brand. There is nothing as good as Viva to soak up bacon grease! Put the bacon on the towels in a single bacon thickness. Then, add another double thickness of Viva. Keep layering bacon and paper towels until you run out of bacon. Try not to eat all of the bacon before you can get it into a sandwich.
Bacon Sandwich Ideas
*Sesame bun with bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado, and pesto mayo.
*Bacon, lettuce, and vine-ripened tomato on country white toast with mayonnaise.
*Grilled egg salad on pumpernickel with crispy bacon.
*Lamb burger with bacon and dill cucumber yogurt sauce in a pita.
*Egg, cheese, and bacon on a sandwich thin.
*Havarti, smoked turkey, bacon and cranberry Panini.
*Denver omelet with bacon and mayonnaise in an onion Kaiser Roll.
*Thick sliced bacon cooked to a crisp and dressed with mayo, lettuce and tomato on San Francisco sourdough.
*Deli sliced smoked Gouda, turkey, crispy bacon, avocado slices, alfalfa sprouts, thinly sliced cucumbers and tomato, and mayo or ranch in a low-carb, fresh multi-grain wrap.
*Duck Liver Pate with bacon and caramelized apples on French country bread.
*Egg fried in butter on a fresh roll with bacon, mayo and mustard, dressed with fresh dill, pickles, lettuce and tomato.
*Bacon, spinach, and tomato dressed with mayo on sourdough.
*Turkey and bacon on a croissant with mango mayo.
*Bacon cheeseburger on a sesame bun with lettuce, tomato, red onions, and thinly sliced dill pickles with your favorite condiments.
As much as I love bacon, it is a seldom-eaten treat. I use it in small amounts for flavor. But every once in a while, when those tomatoes are ripe on the vine, I long for a great bacon, lettuce and tomato. That day comes in the summer; I donít skimp on either the bacon or the fresh, juicy tomatoes. Sometimes, Iíll even have another one on the next day! How about you? Do you love that bacon on your sandwiches all year-around? Tell us all about it in the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum.
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