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Bacon or Sausage for a Crowd

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When I am cooking for a crowd, or cooking up extra bacon and sausage to use during the week, this is a trick I learned from an old military cook. It saves time and leaves me free to work on other things instead of standing over a skillet.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Bacon Or Sausage (or More Depending On How Much You Need To Cook)

Preparation

Heat oven to 400 degrees (F).

Open bacon package and lay a single layer of bacon on a 12 x 18 x 1 baking sheet (cover it well with foil to save clean-up if desired).

Cook for 10-14 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Repeat until all is cooked. Cool and put into plastic storage bags in whole slices or crumbled. Use immediately or use later for sandwiches, salads or additions to other recipes.

Cut sausage into patties (this is easier if it is lightly frozen). Place in single layer on baking sheet then mash a slight dent in center of each with a spoon or your finger. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on how well done you like your sausage. Repeat until all sausage is cooked. Use immediately or cool and place into plastic storage bags to heat up during the week for quick breakfast additions.

Save leftover bacon grease for use in making gravy, cooking beans or peas or to flavor other recipes.

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jamie568 on 4.22.2011

I can’t remember when I started doing this but have been for years! LOVE IT!! So much easier, less mess, and the grease pours right off the corner of the pan and into a mason jar. lol. I use foil to cut clean up and also overlap the edges a bit to funnel the bacon grease when I pour it off. The first time I made breakfast for my S/O and our kids, he thought I was a little nuts but watched the whole thing just fascinated. LMAO. Works like a charm!

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Mary Wilkins on 4.10.2011

We have been baking our bacon for years and love the ease of it. I only do this on Sunday mornings, and I lay the slices in the jelly roll pan (must have sides to catch grease) then put in a COLD oven. Turn on to 350,
and read the newspaper! When it starts to smell good, I drain the grease into my fat saver, and start the eggs and toast or biscuits. I think the bacon shrinks less and ends up not so “curly” this way. It’s just as easy to cook enough to keep some for a weeknight BLT, so there is more energy (mine) saved. Because the heat is all around the bacon and is more gentle than in a skillet, there isn’t the spattering, either.

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The Cottage Kitchen on 3.14.2011

Great post – I’ve been cooking my bacon in the oven like this for years, mainly because I really hate the mess it can make on the cooktop :)
The only difference I make is I put a wire rack on the baking tray and then spread the bacon slices over – that way the rashers aren’t sitting in their own baking grease, so I can fool myself into thinking it’s healthier for me to eat more!!! That’s my excuse anyway, and I’m sticking to it :)

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Carla P on 3.1.2011

palapala, I’ve started using my iron skillet for cooking sausages in the oven. Don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that……thanks for that one! Meaghan, it is a great way to help out, when you have so much other stuff to take care of on the same morning.

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Carla P on 3.1.2011

@ beachbumette, you know I’ve never paid attention to whether it spatters, but I don’t seem to have a problem with smoke or anything. Hope you give it a try, it saves a lot of time especially cooking for a large crowd. Just make sure you pour the grease off each time you reload the pan…..and save that beautiful ‘gold’ for other recipes!!!!

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Meaghan on 2.2.2011

My husband and I started cooking our bacon using this method over the holidays when we had large crowds to feed. It is so much easier then cooking in a skillet. Great idea to post this method.

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palapala on 1.23.2011

I have been making my bacon this way for years, but prefer to use my stone jelly roll pan. Seasons my stone pan and clean-up is a breeze. Using my iron skillet in the oven for sausage also works well too.

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