Bacon and Eggs- the lazy way
Who doesn’t love bacon and eggs in the morning? Or for lunch, or anytime really that you are hungry. Bacon and eggs is something that most people who raise their own pork and chickens will always have on hand to cook. (OK you don’t “have to” raise your own pork and chickens, but you must frequent the grocery store regularly to have these items on hand)
I don’t know about you but I don’t always have the time to stand over the cast iron skillet frying pan after pan of bacon.
What I did discover is that you can cook bacon in your oven. That’s right I said lazily put your bacon strips onto a pan or stone (that has a lip of at least 1 inch), put it into the oven at 350 degrees and walk away.
I do use a fancy stone that I’ve had for almost 20 years, but they still offer them on Amazon and from home sales consultants as well. You can look at the The Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan to see what I’m talking about. You might have one hiding in your cupboards somewhere. If not, don’t despair, just use the broiler pan or something similar that has edges to catch the amount of grease the bacon will release while cooking.
You do not want the grease to overflow the pan and hit the oven burner because it will start a fire! Make sure your pan has sides at least 1 inch tall. A regular cookie sheet will not work and it’s not worth the risk of starting a fire in your oven.
- Add the bacon to the pan in a single layer and place in the 350 degree oven.
- Once you’ve let your bacon start to render(about 6 minutes for regular sliced bacon, 5 minutes for thin bacon or 8 minutes for thick cut), you can add in the eggs and bread on the top rack of your oven. (this can be on a cookie sheet)
- Just take a few slices of bread (one for each person eating) and cut the center out of it with a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass, like I did. Just press it straight down in the bread and then give it a little twist to remove the center piece.
- Now you will have the frame of the bread and the circle for each slice. Just open the oven and press your bread into the bacon grease on both sides and then place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to get the bacon grease on both pieces of bread for better toasting and flavor!
- Ok, it’s time to get out the eggs and crack one into the center of the bread. Leave the center piece on the cookie sheet to toast.
- Put the bread filled with eggs into the oven on the top shelf and let it cook for the last 11-12 minutes it takes to get the bacon done. You can watch it in the oven the first time you make it to make sure your egg yolk is how you want it and that you get your bacon to the crispness you like. (If you are cooking it on a stone it will continue to cook as long as you have the bacon on the hot stone, even out of the oven.)
Here’s what your oven will look like when it’s full of the Lazy Bacon and Eggs:
Once you get the timing down you can go back in and sit down or continue on with whatever project you were working on until the timer goes off to tell you it’s done. Have some coffee, set the table, pour the juice, do whatever suits your fancy!
It’s looking like it’s almost done here so I will feel the eggs to make sure all of the white is cooked through! I don’t like runny egg whites!
Ah yes! They are perfect for my liking! Now I just take it all out of the oven and put it on the plates. Wha-lah breakfast, lunch or dinner is done! And with little effort on your part, ok it might take a little work but at least you don’t have to worry about burning your bacon or scorching your egg if you get called away for a few minutes while you are cooking.
Just look at how good this looks:
Dippy eggs with toast and bacon, who doesn’t love that?
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.
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