Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pre-Cooked Bacon

I know this sounds like a funny post, but last year I tried to find out if one could pre-cook bacon, freeze it then serve it at a brunch.

Well I'm here to say, Yes it can be done. The day after my daughter was married in October 2012, I had planned a wonderful brunch. In the weeks before, I cooked over 5 pounds of bacon in my oven and froze it, along with cooked sausages.

The last thing I want to be doing when having people over for a brunch is fiddle with cooking the bacon, dealing with all that grease and smelling up the entire kitchen. That and the inevitable burning of at least one batch of bacon.

So here's the info:
1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. This is a must for easy cleanup.
2. Layer the bacon on the parchment. I can get one full package on each pan.
Turn slices when half way cooked.
3. Bake in oven at 350F for 20-30 minutes turning slices half way through, depending on how you like your bacon. I like mine practically burnt, but it's best to undercook it a bit since it will cook again when you need it.
Drain on paper towels. (I ate a few slices-Yum)
4. Layer bacon on paper towel in a foil casserole pan (I buy the ones at the dollar store).
5. Freeze pan of bacon til needed.

When the magic brunch day arrives, remove all the paper towel and heat pan of bacon in 350F oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve right from the pan or if fancy, use a plate. 

This was my buffet brunch. From left is the pre-cooked bacon and sausages in the foil pan, empty hot plate for Oven Scrambled Eggs (still in the oven), Hashbrown Potato Casserole and meatballs in BBQ sauce in the crockpot.
Bacon on the left, in a foil pan.
My other selections:
Desserts and sweets galore.
Fruit and Vegetable trays.
Yogourt (on ice), Pasta Salad, Meat and Cheese tray, Antipasto tray.
Closeup of the Meat and Cheese tray.
Makings for Mimosas, salsa, chips and nuts.
Breads, muffins, bagels and Croissants with jams and peanut butter,
The above was the result of careful planning, lots of lists, a fully stocked fridge and freezer with almost everything pre-made. I had all my serving dishes laid out a few days in advance. Plates, platters and bowls were labelled with stickies. Hotplates and crockpot ready to turn on. Lots of help from my family and friends to load the serving dishes with what the sticky said. We had about 35 people that day.

I got to relax. With lots of mimosas.

Til the next brunch.


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Rhonda said...

You look great, lady! Sounds like a very successful brunch. :)

Jody V said...

You look amazing! Thank you for the bacon tip! I'm definitely going to do that.

Darlin1 said...

You are amazing Sandy.....And do look great!

Cheers to you and yours and all the best for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!


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