The Way of the Bacon
Ready to cook some sizzling-hot bacon? Choose from the three basic methods.
1. Fry it up.
Take bacon out of the fridge about five minutes before you cook it, to let the fat soften. Start cooking in a cold pan (preferably cast iron) to reduce the risk of scorching. Cook your bacon over medium to medium-low heat one side at a time (no constant flipping) until it's browned to your preference on each side. Keep a close eye on things the entire time; fried bacon is persnickety and prone to curling and burning.
2. Microwave it.
Six pieces of bacon on a plate between two pieces of paper towel cooks in about four to six minutes on high. Check after two minutes and then keep going in one-minute increments until it's cooked to your taste. Quick, easy and so much less mess!
3. Bake it.
Tuck a broiler tray or cooling rack into a cookie sheet (to catch the drippings) and lay the bacon on top. You can cook at anywhere from 350 degrees to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes; again, keep an eye on your bacon so that it doesn't get too crispy for your taste.
Bacon recipes worth making
Once you've whet your appetite with Half a Lovely Apple ... With Bacon
, you'll be primed to try these recipes from fellow WoW Insider readers.
Bacon Stuffed-Crust Pizza
Nobody said this was going to be healthy. This pizza recipe comes from Ceraphus
of The Sundering
and Azeroth Pirate Radio
. He calls it the "Porkapolypse Edition" recipe, noting that you can substitute other goodies for bacon. (But why would you?)
Bacon and Brew Chili
Those of you who remember my fondness for cooking with beer
will understand why I had to share this next recipe, also from Ceraphus. "My family loves when it gets cold, because it means I make my chili," he writes. "My sister-in-law will drive 60 miles just to get a bowl. So what's the secret to my homemade chili? Well if you must know, it's bacon and beer." We're in.
Bacon and Bleu Dip
Here's one last bacon-crazy recipe from Ceraphus, and it's got everything you'd expect from an oozy, cheesy, delectable dip. Ceraphus claims this recipe is so easy even a caveman can do it. I'll bite.
Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
Need a good way to get your veggies down the hatch? Try @thedeohcee's
OK, people, you know what's next: Share your favorite bacon recipes in the comments. It's cold outside, and the sizzling bacon awaits!