Crispy Sheet Pan Bacon.

If you love bacon, I’m sharing two ways to cook this favorite breakfast food . Whether you’re frying your bacon on the stovetop with a cast iron skillet, or if you’d like to know how to cook bacon in the oven on a sheet pan to keep it from splattering grease, we’ve got you covered with these easy tips.

If you’ve ever had breakfast in the South, I’m willing to bet there was bacon on your plate. Bacon is one of those things that is great on it’s own and also great in so, so many recipes because of the flavor it adds. The thing is, depending how you cook it you can get a totally different result.

Everyone has their version of perfect bacon, so today I want to share with you two great ways to cook it.

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The most classic way to cook bacon is in a skillet. You will always get a consistently crispy bacon, and plenty of grease to use for your gravy afterwards.

Cooking bacon this way is pretty easy. Just line the bacon in a single layer and cook over medium heat. In a few minutes you will start to hear that glorious crackling and sizzling sound that is the wonder of fatty bacon grease. Flip on the other side for a few minutes, and you're done. Some folks like it more crispy, others like it less cooked so you’ll cook to desired preference.

When cooking this way it’s always best to wear an apron to avoid getting impossible to remove stains in your t-shirt. And, if you’ve ever wondered why those tiny little holes appear on your shirt right around the mid-section, it’s more than likely because of grease splatter that has burned small holes into the fabric. Problem solved.

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The second way to cook bacon is my new personal favorite. It is even easier, and causes less of a mess. I just line a sheet pan with tin foil, lay strips of bacon out into a neat little row and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes in the oven. It’s so easy to tend to what else I have cooking by just popping this is the oven and not worrying about grease splattering all over the kitchen. And, it provides a nice overall + even cook on your bacon strip.

No matter how you prefer your bacon, I think we can all agree it is one of the tastiest things you can make. It goes great with breakfast, or for lunch on a delicious BLT sandwich.

I’d love to know your favorite tricks for cooking bacon, and your favorite recipes to use it for. Let me know in the comment below.


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Collard Greens with Applewood Bacon.

On the way to the farm today I saw a hand-painted with an arrow pointing down a little dirt road with one simple word upon it. “GREENS.” Collard Greens are a classic staple to any Southern table, but most especially as we ring in the new year. Growing up they were always on our New Years Day menu to symbolize financial growth + stability for the new year.

And in true New Year’s fashion, they’re best cooked loaded down with thick-cut bacon. As rumor has it, hogs root forward which symbolizes positive, forward motion and good luck in the New Year. I’ll take it.

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To give our collards a bit more taste we love to add in applewood bacon. It really fills out the greens and adds an extra layer of flavor. And it’s a one-pan wonder, so they’re really easy to cook up, full of flavor. The juices from the bacon + onion cooking together adds an amazing flavor that you can’t get any other way.

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Collard Greens with Applewood Bacon

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Bacon makes everything better. These bacon collard greens are the perfect addition to your plate.


For the Collards
  • 6 strips thick-sliced applewood bacon - sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh collard greens - stems removed & sliced into 3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 cup chicken broth


How to cook Collard Greens with Applewood Bacon

  1. Using a largeskillet heat bacon over medium heat. Chop onion and garlic and mix in as bacon cooks. Cook for a few minutes and as the onion begins to softened mix in the salt and pepper. Next add in the vinegar and allow mixture to cook until liquid is down to about half.
  2. Add the collard greens and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temp to medium-low. Stir the mixture occasionally, until the collard greens have wilted and lost their brightness.
  3. Serve warm and with juices from the pan.
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collard greens / heirloomed
collard greens / heirloomed
new years day menu / heirloomed
new years day menu / heirloomed

I hope you’ll try this recipe on New Years Day. Let me know what other traditions your family liked to do for the new year in the comments below.


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