Welcome to the first-ever Breakfast Week on IBC!
As you can probably tell, I’ve been struggling to get my blogging juices flowing in 2016. A lot of things have been rolling around in my brain. so I made the conscious decision to stop pondering and just write! And I figured the best way to get the inspiration flowing is to kick off a new series.
Thanks to a few of your comments (and an idea I had a while back), I’m dedicating a week to breakfast. As some of you may know, at one time I owned a bed and breakfast. With six years of daily breakfast cooking and serving under my belt, I have lots of delicious recipes and ideas to share.
Although I’m calling this Breakfast Week, I’m not exactly sure how long it will last or how many recipes I’ll end up posting. I guess it will be a surprise to us all. To start things off, this week I’ll be telling you about a few favorite dishes from my B&B days plus some new ideas I’ve been wanting to try. Sound good?
Okay, let’s get into it!
I thought it’d only be appropriate to begin this series with a recipe that always got rave reviews at my B&B: Brown Sugar Bacon.
All of you who love bacon are sure to understand the allure. However, if you’ve never had bacon prepared this way, you must give it a try. If you think you liked bacon before, you’re going to fall head over heels for this stuff.
In recent years, recipes like this have been floating around the Internet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve heard of this or something similar. However, since it’s so delicious, I figured tossing my little recipe out there wouldn’t hurt.
Now, this recipe is super simple, but there are a few important things to ensure delicious results every time.
First, you must use a quality thick-cut bacon. I’m currently a big fan of the Wright Brand Applewood Smoked Bacon. It’s a bit more expensive, but totally worth it. That’s what I’m using today. However, use whatever brand you prefer: just make sure it’s cut thick.
Second, in this recipe we are going to bake the bacon instead of frying it. I love this preparation method for many reasons. Not only does it make clean-up a breeze, but the bacon cooks more evenly. it’s not cooking in its own grease, and that lingering bacon scent isn’t as strong,
To get started, I line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Then, I set a cooling rack in the foil-lined pan. The aluminum foil isn’t necessary, but when the pan is cooled, you can just toss the foil in the trash along with the bacon grease. (That’s the easy clean-up part. Not to mention, you won’t have bacon grease splattering all over your stove top while cooking.)
After that, simply lay out your bacon on the cooling rack, sprinkle the bacon with brown sugar, and pop the pan in the oven. That’s it.
The amount of brown sugar is totally up to you. I just give the bacon a little dusting. If you like things sweeter, add more sugar. If you just want a hint of sweetness, use less.
Bake the bacon at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, depending how crispy you like it. Just pay attention to it, particularly as the bacon nears cooked perfection. It can go from perfectly done to burned very quickly.
I kid you not, this stuff is dangerously good. You will both thank me and hate me for sharing this deliciousness with you.
Oh, and one more thing, if you like things spicy, shake a little cayenne pepper in your brown sugar. So good!
Here's what you will need:
1 pound thick-cut bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and place a metal cooling rack in the pan.
Place the bacon in a single layer on the cooling rack. Sprinkle with as much brown sugar as you'd like. A light dusting is perfect.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is done to the desired crispiness. Serve and enjoy.
Like I said, my friends, give this decadent take on bacon a try; then come back and let me know what you think.
You’ve been warned. Enjoy!