Most of us know that the smell of coffee stirs us a little in the morning to wakefulness. But the smell of bacon may be the one and only thing that will emerge you for slumber almost instantly. So, if you are depending on your olfactory senses to get you up in the morning in lieu of an alarm clock, bacon should do it! All that you need is that undeniable, intense love for it.
Now there is some terrific news for you bacon lovers out there. Are you ready? It’s the toaster oven. Maybe you thought that the toaster oven was reserved for only making toast, right? Wrong! You most assuredly can make toast in the morning with your toaster oven, but the fact is there are many, many other surprises awaiting you that can come out of that oven with amazing ease.
These small ovens are in many ways like compact stove ovens and can be used in very much the same way. Some may surprise you. For example, have you ever considered dehydrating fruit in one? Or make bread? Maybe roast a whole chicken or bake a pie? And because of its size, the toaster oven very often uses less energy than a conventional oven and it works just as well for most foods.
Now, depending on the model and the size of your little oven and of course the amount of food you are going to cook, the toaster oven can make your job so much easier. Just like your traditional oven, they can bake a variety of things in terms of crispy, succulent foods. The larger ones can even be used for making cookies, homemade muffins, breads and cakes.
Now for your bacon! Although these toaster ovens are really not known for frying foods, they do however crisp foods quite nicely. And speaking of crisp food, let’s head right to the bacon.
Crisping bacon often works better when the bacon is placed on aluminum foil and of course, preheating the oven. This is great in the summer months and when cooking breakfast or dinner it will not heat up the kitchen like a traditional oven would. Besides, like mentioned, it is an energy saver.
Now…let’s cook bacon!
Use thick cut bacon, and depending on the amount of hungry people, use heavy aluminum foil and make sure you cut it larger than the toaster-oven’s grill pan. So let’s go with 4 slices, just for this recipe.
Preheat your toaster oven to 400 degrees. Take your aluminum foil and crumple it. Then, unfold it and flatten it out covering the grill pan (remember, make it just a little larger than the pan). Crumpling the foil allows peaks and those peaks support the bacon. Doing this enables the fat to draw away as the bacon cooks. The little peaks and valleys that the foil makes enables the bacon to cook without cooking…and the valleys to drain the fat.
Once you arrange the bacon on the foil (stretched out), bake for fifteen minutes. Make sure you check for the top being thoroughly cooked and when that is so, turn those sizzling strips over and continue baking. It will take about five minutes to crisp up but if you want your bacon very, very crisp, where that first bite crunches in your mouth, then just give it a few more minutes on each side. Remove from the oven and drain well on paper towels. Voila´! You now have the necessary food to have those taste buds jumping for joy.
Why do we love bacon so much? According to an article in the Huffington Post, it is said that when bacon is heated up and those delicious aromas hit your nostrils, the chemical reaction from the fats melting and the sugar and amino acids releases approximately one hundred fifty explosive organic combinations.
These organic combinations float on through the air and create an incredible smell that teases your olfactory senses and before you know it, you are gulping and salivating at the very thought of your next meal.
Your toaster oven may just be the vehicle for the bacon to reach your mouth.