Bacon steaks! Is that such a thing? I’m making it one. Confession: I despise making breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I heart all breakfast food items. I just hate that all breakfast foods seem to be a tricky thing to have ready at the exact same time. Eggs? Gotta watch those suckas. French toast, pancakes, frying bacon – I want them all ready & hot simultaneously! Not so easy when I’m still attempting to wake up while cooking away. Thankfully, the hubs has turned into the breakfast food-maker in our casa most days. Over-easy eggs, toast & fried bacon is his specialty. Pancakes? He’s on it. You can find me laying on the couch enjoying the wafting, delish smell of breakfast! But, every once in a while, a gal’s gotta treat her man to some brekky! And when I do this Maple Roasted Bacon is ALWAYS involved. No standing over the stove getting splattered by hot bacon fat? Yes, please. No having to pour hot grease out of my heavy cast iron skillet? Sign me up.
Thanks to none other than The Barefoot Contessa, I found this easy, peasy bacon recipe years ago & have been making it ever since. My hubby admiringly calls them BACON STEAKS. Mmmm… yup, this is now a thing. We get the thickest bacon we can find and it is sooooo good! It totally is like cutting into a mini ‘steak’ of bacon with crispy edges. Add in the sweetness from the maple syrup (splurge for the real stuff here). I’m drooling. Bacon for dinner, anyone?
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grab a cookie sheet, line it with foil (easy clean up!), and top it with a wire rack. Place your bacon on the rack – be sure they aren’t touching otherwise the edges won’t get crispy! Use 2 cookie sheets/racks if needed. I can fit 6-7 slices of bacon on one of mine. Stick it in the oven for 10 minutes. Carefully pull it out (there will be hot grease!) and brush the maple syrup on each piece of bacon. Stick it back in the oven for 5 minutes. If the rest of breakfast isn’t quite ready, turn the oven off and keep the bacon in there until it is!
Easy clean-up time: no need to scrub the stove after frying! Discard the foil & grease when cool. Wash your rack & sheet. All done!
- 5-6 slices Thick-cut bacon
- 2 Tbl. Real maple syrup
- *Easily double this recipe w/no extra work!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grab a cookie sheet, line it with foil, and top with wire rack
- Place bacon on rack (be sure pieces are not touching) and bake for 15 minutes
- Carefully pull cookie sheet out of oven (there will be HOT grease!)
- Brush maple syrup on each piece of bacon
- Put back in oven for 5 minutes
- TIP: If the rest of breakfast isn't quite ready, turn the oven off and keep the bacon in there until it is!
- EASY CLEAN-UP: Discard the foil & grease when cool. Wash sheet & rack. All done!