Perfectly Crisp Black Pepper & Rosemary Bacon

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Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon

My husband and I could not have more opposite diets.  It is not uncommon for me to be drinking a green juice for breakfast while he is eating a cookie cake that he found on the discount rack at the grocery store. I am completely serious.

I think I spoiled him when we first met.  I would pretty much cook and bake for him whatever he wanted because I loved seeing how excited he got about it.  Usually he wanted chocolate chip cheesecake (his alltime favorite meal, and yes he considers it a meal), mexican food, hots wings, and anything sweet for breakfast like pancakes and french toast.  And while all of these things are fine, they really aren’t what I crave.  Especially for breakfast.  I crave savory things in the morning more often than not, with a very rare sweet tooth for breakfast.

Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon

Once we started living together I realized that pleasing both of our palettes would be difficult.  I still really haven’t figured out how to do it without us eating two completely separate meals.  But there is one food that I just CANNOT believe we don’t agree on.  Bacon… BACON! He seriously could not care less about bacon.  He doesn’t hate it, he just wouldn’t care if he never had it.  WHAT?! My junk food loving husband doesn’t like bacon? I just don’t get it.  He makes no sense.  (but I love him anyway)

Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon

But this morning I wanted to share with you how I make my bacon perfectly crisp.  I think I have mentioned before how I love charred food.  Things that are just on the edge of being burned.  Bacon is the perfect subject for this love.

Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon

Perfectly Crisp Black Pepper & Rosemary Bacon
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Ingredients

What you will need
A baking sheet with sides
An oven safe cooling rack
Tin foil for easy clean up (optional)
Bacon (preferably nitrite-free)
Rosemary
Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cover baking sheet with tin foil if using for easy clean up
  3. Place cooling rack over baking sheet and arrange strips of bacon on the cooling rack
  4. Liberally sprinkle chopped rosemary (can use dried if that is all you have) and fresh cracked black pepper over the bacon
  5. Bake for 8-15 minutes (depending on bacon thickness) until completely browned
  6. Let cool for a few minutes and the bacon will finish crisping as it cools a bit
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  1. younggypsyspirit

    Icertainly like your taste for a sweet breakfast. Sounds absolutely delectable. Of course I agree with your husband cheesecake in and of itseelf is one fabulous meal!!!

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  2. rachelocal

    This looks GOOD, and will be especially tasty with the bacon I get from the Farmer’s Market–the Amish know how to smoke some bacon! I also love tomatoes and eggs together at breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Baker Bettie

      Mmmm that would be so good. I used to live about 10 miles from an Amish community and we would always get our meat from their butcher. All of it was amazing, especially the bacon.

  3. dj

    great idea; thanks for sharing it! beautiful photos, too.
    perhaps a bacon-topped chocolate-chip cheesecake is on the horizon??

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  4. Karen

    I’ll have to try that. Have you had chocolate with bacon bits? Delicious. I first saw the chocolate with bacon candy bar at a winery in Napa, CA.

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      Baker Bettie

      I like to refer to it as “cooking on the edge” 🙂 I have become fairly obsessed with browned butter over the past couple of years, and I also made this burnt sugar cake that was to die for. Living on the edge of burnt just brings out so much flavor, doesn’t it?!

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  5. Wild Cookery!

    Reblogged this on Wild Cookery! and commented:
    Not ‘wild’? I disagree. Substitute ‘Wild Boar’ for your conventionally purchased bacon, and voila! Wild Cookery! Everyone loves bacon. The only people that don’t like bacon are people who just aren’t right in the head. Never trust someone who doesn’t like bacon! Even Jews and Muslims like bacon. They just lie about it and make it a sin. 😉

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      Baker Bettie

      Thanks Constance. A runny egg is one of my favorite things in the world! Now I just need to figure out a grain free bread I can sop it up with. I have been missing my “yolk sopper” since giving up grains.

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      Baker Bettie

      Is there any veggie bacon substitutes. I feel like I have heard of bacon tempeh maybe? I am what I call a “part time vegan” because I eat vegan about 75% of the time but I occasionally eat meat, butter, and eggs. I would be curious if there are any good substitutes for bacon out there.

      1. OneWeekToCrazy

        I know there are some that involve tempeh because when I go to my favorite vegetarian restaurant they serve it on “burgers.” But I don’t know how to get it or make it from scratch!

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  6. Po' Girl Shines

    So weird that I have always loved bacon yet very seldom eat it. I think my body tells me not to overload on the nitrates. I remember I was crying because my mom fried up bacon when I was a child and I just had my tonsils out so she would not let me eat it. She was afraid it was too crispy and my throat not sufficiently healed. Can’t pick your memories, or maybe grudge holding?

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      Baker Bettie

      Look for nitrite free bacon! I used to have chronic migraines and I think nitrites were one of the triggers. It is so worth it pay just a bit extra for bacon without it!

      Sounds like you might have bacon PTSD…

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  7. the usual bliss

    The cooling rack is our bacon method, too- brilliant! Not brilliant is reading this post when I’m on a two-week break from meat. Hmm. Glad to have found you- check me out at theusualbliss.com sometime!

  8. Kate Walsh / designhouse9

    I bet this savory bacon would be amazing on a BLT sandwich. I will have to try it. I’ve used the foil for easy cleanup but find it’s just as much of a mess. I prefer to pour the grease into a container and wash the pan in hot, soapy water. Works well every time.

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  10. Sophia

    Thanks for following my blog. I just started perusing yours and cannot stop. And what you say about catering for your and your husband’s very different eating habits sounds like a challenge all too familiar – I have a pasta-loving Italian boyfriend who also has very strong feelings for all things involving burgers, ribs and cheese. Not easy to cook for the two of us when my perfect breakfast is a hearty bowl of porridge (the sight of porridge alone gives him goosebumps) and when the latest dish I have been thinking about is whether you can replace the pork with barbecued tempeh in a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich… And yes, I totally feed him vegan dishes sometimes without saying anything (including raw vegan date brownies) … We are moving in together in a few months so it will be interesting how we will deal with this …

    All the best

    Sophia

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      Baker Bettie

      Thanks for stopping by Sophia! It’s funny you say that about feeding your boyfriend raw vegan and not telling him. I have tried that several times and he is always onto me. I made these awesome raw vegan brownies (recipe I found on therawtarian.com) and I thought they were amazing. He spit them out. Is the recipe you used on your site? I may have to try it!

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