September 1 is Bacon Lover’s Day and what doesn’t get better with bacon? Over the past few years, we’ve watched bacon show up in just about everything, from toothpaste to vodka and, yes, even gum. We’ve got some interesting bacon facts, techniques and yes, recipes. Just keep scrollin’!
Mental Floss offers some fascinating facts about this favored food.
- The Chinese led the charge. They were the first to cook salted pork bellies more than 3 centuries ago.
- The first bacon factory was in Wilshire, England back in the 1700s.
- The average American consumes 18 pounds of bacon annually.
- An artist actually created a bacon statue of Kevin Bacon. But were they separated by six degrees is the question.
When it comes to cooking with bacon, the chefs at Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar share this advice for the perfect slice every time.
On The Stovetop
- Place strips of room temperature bacon in a skillet and fill with a thin layer of water
- Cook over medium-high heat until water evaporates, then reduce to medium and cook until crisp
- Drain cooked bacon over paper towels
In The Oven
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay down the bacon, without overlapping
- Place the bacon in the oven, and then heat to 400 degrees, cook for 30 minutes
- Drain well on paper towels
In The Microwave
- Line a microwave-safe plate with paper towels and lay out the bacon strips
- Cover the bacon with additional paper towels (1-2)
- Cook in the microwave for about 5-6 minutes, or until your desired crispiness
Bring On The Bacon Recipes!
Cobb Salad is one of my favorites. It’s fresh and straightforward, loaded with delicious ingredients, and makes a perfect entree. Traditional Cobbs typically have chopped greens, chicken, tomatoes, boiled eggs, cheese and BACON, topped with vinaigrette. This delicious version is shared by Chef David Burke. Get the recipe here.
A delicious skillet-grilled breakfast sandwich, with bacon, that combines a little spicy, with a little savory, to give you a kickstart to your day. Courtesy of the National Onion Association. Recipe here.
Chef Cari Martens shows you how to make this delicious Potato Leek Soup, that’s heavenly with bacon! Video with recipe link here.
This rustic soup comes alive with the flavor of sweet caramelized roasted pumpkin or butternut squash. Its golden-yellow color and garnish of smoky-sweet crumbled bacon makes this a real eye-popper and show stopper. You’ll find the recipe here.