For the next two weeks we’ll be covering one of the most popular cooking ingredients, bacon. I am an oddity in that bacon isn’t the end-all, be-all for me. It’s fine, but I’m more than willing to pass on a serving of it so that someone else can have extra. Call me crazy; I prefer to say generous to others.
So, with bacon as our focus, I knew that would require a little cooking of this pork product, which would equal a happy family. The first way that I wanted to use bacon was for this one-ingredient masterpiece. It’s something I had wanted to try for a while, but with only two bacon eaters at home, it seemed like that there would be a lot of bacon for not a lot of people. When my oldest came home for spring break, it was time to give it a try.
This method of cooking bacon produced the perfect topping for a burger or sandwich. It fits nicely between slices of bread or on top of a patty. As the strips are inter-connected, you don’t get one bite with three strips of bacon and then another with none. For those of us who like symmetry, it produces a continuous flow of well-portioned bacon bites.
I didn’t partake in the woven bacon, but my family loved it. In fact, my husband and daughter assured me that there was no need to wait for the next college break. They’d find a way to consume any extras.
If you’re serving this yummy bacon in a sandwich, be it of lunch or dinner persuasion, you may want a cocktail that pairs nicely with that smoky essence. What could be better than a cocktail that has a hint of bacon accompanied by some apple and maple flavors? Brought to us by Angry Orchard’s resident mixologist, Hayley Jensen, of Taproom 307, we have the Bacon Me Angry. Be sure to visit our beverage publication, Parched No More, to get the full recipe.
- 12 strips bacon, not thick-cut
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Line a rimmed baking with aluminum foil.
- Place 6 strips of bacon on a large cutting board, side by side, vertically.
- Fold up strips 1, 3, & 5 on top of themselves. Lay a strip of bacon horizontally, so that it is on top of strips 2, 4, & 6.
- Unfold 1, 3, & 5, and fold up 2, 4, & 6. Lay a second strip of bacon on 1, 3, & 5.
- Unfold 2, 4, & 6, and fold up 1, 3, & 5. Lay a third strip of bacon on 2, 4, & 6.
- The bottom half of the weave should be done.
- Repeat the same steps with the top half, starting by folding down strips 2, 4, & 6. Repeat with alternate strips until the top half is woven.
- Place on foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until it reaches the desired crunchiness.