I did it, I did it! I cooked bacon!
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Wow, does this lady also celebrate peeling carrots and closing Ziploc baggies?” But those of you who have been following me for awhile might recall that I had never cooked bacon and just the thought of it had me shaking in my boots. Well, last night I put on my bacon-makin’ boots!
I needed to cook bacon to use in a Green Chile and Cheese Egg Bake. Before I got started, I asked my fiance if he would coach me through making bacon. This was the conversation that ensued:
Me: So, how do I start?
Fiance: Get the pan hot and put the bacon in it.
Me: [Sets pan on burner] What heat setting do I use?
Fiance: Yeah, it’s going to sizzle and pop.
Me: [Turns burner dial to High] Do I need to use cooking spray?
Fiance: No, it’s going to get nice and greasy. Let the pan get hot first!
Me: [Stupidly touching the surface of the pan to make sure it’s hot] It’s hot. Do I put the bacon in now?
Fiance: …….yes, put it in now.
Me: Do I put it all in at once?
Fiance: Well, no, don’t put it all in in one chunk.
Me: I mean, do I put all of the strips in the pan at once?
Fiance: No, you can only fit four or five at a time.
Me: [Peeling a strip of bacon off of the chunk in the packaging] Okay, here it goes. [Gently lays bacon in pan] AAAAA, oh my god, it’s sizzling!
Fiance: [I can’t see him, but I’m sure he rolled his eyes] Make sure you flip it when the fat starts to curl up.
Me: Flip it? What do I use, a fork?
Fiance: No, use the tongs…
Me: Oh. Tongs. Duh.
Cluelessness aside, making bacon turned out to be a thousand times simpler than I had imagined.
(Note the pig tongs that match my pig whisk.)
Once I crossed the bacon hurdle, I prepared the rest of the egg bake using a NEW, larger whisk. I was nervous at first that it was a wee bit too runny.
I had to bake it for about ten minutes longer than the max time in the recipe, but the finished product looked (and tasted) pretty good.
I can’t complain about two days in a row of successful cooking! Tonight, I’m tackling Cornish game hens. *Fingers crossed*