My family’s Christmas morning tradition has always been bacon sandwiches. We’d come down the stairs, see the gifts that Santa had left under the tree, and be fed a bacon sandwich.
To me, a bacon sandwich is the best when the bacon is crisp and served on buttered white bread that’s super soft (I was obviously a Wonder Bread kid growing up). That’s simplicity at it’s finest, but you can add what ever toppings you like: mayo, cheese slices, tomatoes, lettuce, and HP sauce.
When I got married, I wasn’t sure if I’d have to give up this tradition every other year (since we alternate Christmas between my family and Zak’s), but I should have known better; Zak’s British and they do bacon sandwiches too (or bacon butties, as the Brits call them)!
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
If you’re making bacon sandwiches for a crowd, cook your bacon in the oven. It will save you time and mess. The only thing is to make sure you set a timer so that your bacon is cooked and not burnt. If you’ve never cooked bacon in the oven, you’re in for a treat.
Tips for Cooking Bacon in the Oven:
- You can bake a few baking sheets of bacon at a time.
- You can freeze cooked bacon for another time.
- You can reheat the bacon a number of ways if you’re making it ahead of time. Either in a frying pan over medium heat, in a 400°F oven for a few minutes, in the microwave, or even on the grill.
- Save the bacon fat by pouring it into a small glass container. Cover and store in the fridge or freezer. Use a tablespoon at a time to flavour stewed tomatoes, soups, fried eggs, mashed potatoes – the options are endless. You can even grease a muffin tin with bacon grease if you’re making corn bread or cheddar muffins! Sauté winter greens like kale or swiss chard in it. Bacon grease will keep covered in the fridge for months and months and months. A glass mason jar works great. Never pour hot bacon grease into a plastic container – it could melt the plastic.