By Juenessa on January 31, 2007
Photo by Chef*Lee
Photo by Chef*Lee
"This is the best way to cook bacon. It cooks more evenly this way and more importantly, it requires little attention. The most wonderful part is you don't have grease spatters on your stove!"
Serving Size: 1 (0 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
"I can't believe I haven't rated this. I haven't cooked bacon on the top of the stove in years since I found this recipe. I wait until bacon goes on sale and buy about six pounds at a time. I cook in the oven until just before it reaches the doneness we prefer, drain and cool then wrap in paper towels and freeze. When we're ready for bacon we just pop a few pieces in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy. I also save all the drippings in mason jars in the fridge. I use it for all kinds of things, especially when I cook eggs. All the bacon flavor without the mess! Thanks for sharing!"
"I made this bacon for BLT's and it was perfect. I had thick cut bacon and it was nicely done after 22 minutes and letting it stand for another few minutes while I assembled the sandwiches. It's so much easier than panfrying it. I had run out of parchment paper so I used aluminum foil instead."
"leave the pans in the cabinet! i actually forgo the parchment paper, entirely, and roast my bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet, fit with a wire crack (to insure crispiness). in addition to the pepper, i sprinkle brown sugar and a smidge of kosher salt to each strip. absolutely DELICIOUS."
"This worked out really nicely for us. I had two pans of bacon so I tried it two of the suggested ways. On the first sheet I put a foil lined cooling rack in the sheet and put the bacon on it. On the second sheet I put the bacon on the foil lined sheet-with no rack. I put the bacon in a cold oven and then turned it on. The bacon cooked faster and crispier on the sheet with no rack. It also stayed nice a flat. The only thing I had to watch out for was the bacon spitting as I took it out of the oven."
"The BEST and ONLY way bacon is cooked in our house from now on... I first saw my future MIL cook bacon this way at our house in the SC mountains in a cast iron pan... I usually cook bacon on the stove or in the microwave, but both ways are so messy compared to this technique. The only thing I do differently is to put the bacon on the pan and place the pan in a COLD oven... my MIL says that way the bacon does not curl up like it has a tendency to do otherwise... Thanks for sharing!!!"
"I saw Ina make bacon this way on the Food Network when I lived in the US & it is the ONLY way to make bacon with both ease & success. I just made it once again this morning & thought it was about time I caught up on my reviews. You can make one or two pieces, or trays for a crowd. You can also cook it so it is still a little soft, or super crispy, depending on the recipe you are using it in or how your guests enjoy their bacon (crispy for me!). A foil lined tray works, but I line my tray with foil & then place bacon on a rack over it. The bacon stays out of any rendered fat & cleanup is a breeze. I have not found apple-smoked bacon in my area, but whatever I buy seems to work. Some people use brown sugar or maple syrup, but I just like a good grind of black pepper over the bacon. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing a great recipe :-)"
"This is great stuff for sure. I've been cooking bacon like this for quite awhile, the only tip I can offer to this exceptional recipe is to cook the bacon on a broiler pan. That way the bacon drains as it cooks! Thanks for posting!"
"The bacon cooked up really nicely, surprisingly...I was a little concerned the grease would splatter inside the oven, but it didn't & the bacon was really cooked perfectly. Thanks"
"Great way to easily cook a large quantity of bacon!"
"Very good. I love making bacon in the oven. This is the first time I used parchment paper when making bacon and it made for easier clean up."
"As others have said, this is the ONLY way to cook bacon. I have used both parchment paper and foil and every type of bacon you could imagine, including turkey. Perfectly crisp and none of the grease splatters on the stove top. Amazing and thanks."
"I've been meaning to buy parchment paper for years, and now I will be sure to always have parchment paper -- and bacon -- in my kitchen, so I can make bacon whenever the mood strikes. This is by far the easiest, most delicious way to make bacon. In lieu of parchment paper, I used aluminum foil this time."
"I love this technique. For center cut bacon, I let the it bake for a bit longer (probably 25 minutes) to get to the crispness that we like. I've started using my broiler pan, and I don't need to line it with anything. Most of the bacon is in the freezer for breakfasts later. I love the easy cleanup. Thanks for sharing!"
"This set my smoke detector off and burned the bacon a little, but everyone ate it anyway."
"Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? :) Can't believe I've spent (wasted!) so many hours of my life hovering over the stove, carefully turning and turning bacon slices, getting splattered by hot grease, and then having to clean up the mess. This works beautifully! I did find that it's edible but slightly burnt at 20 minutes, so watch it carefully the first time. 16 min. is perfect in my oven. Thank you so much, Juenessa, for one of the most helpful techniques I've found on 'zaar!"
"OH my goodness!!!! I cannot believe how easy this is and no mess or grease splatter to deal with!!! This actually could be a bad thing because I had never made bacon too much because of the hassle and mess and now I could just make it all the time with no problem!! Oh no, I will have to just have will power now!!! I removed the fat side of my bacon and mainly cooked bacon meat so that eased up on some of the grease left on the parchment in the baking sheet. It was so easy to clean, I just layed a paper towel over the parchment and that soaked up all the grease then I bundled it all up and put it in the trash! Used the bacon for a recipe#129615 and it was crisp and great!!! Absolutely love the Barefoot Contessa and I love this recipe, thanks for posting!!!"
"This was pretty good! I LOVED that I didn't get spattered with hot grease or have a nasty pan to clean. I usually cook bacon in the microwave but mine died the night before this was on the schedule (great timing :) My only complaints: my bacon did stick to the parchment a bit and I had to cook it extra 5 minutes because it never really seemed to get crispy (it ended up kind of chewy but still delicious--my 20 month old ate 1 1/2 pieces!!)"
"I loved this quick, less messy way of cooking bacon. I lined a jellyroll pan with parchment paper and could fit 8 slices on it. I baked for 20 mins. to get really crisp bacon. Clean-up was a breeze, too. I will be making my bacon this way from now on. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe...it is definitely a keeper!!"
"Great way to make up a bunch ahead. Just make sure to reline your baking sheet-- even though I had wiped off the grease after first batch my fire alarm went off and (had thick cut bacon in for 18 minutes). First batch was in 18 minutes and was fine."
"I particularly liked that the bacon stays nice and flat. Doesn't curl up like it does when you cook it on the stovetop."