Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bacon Butty

Allegedly after the royal wedding Friday, Prince Harry planned to have a post-party breakfast which included Bacon Butties. Seems the Brits take this food VERY seriously because four researchers at the Department of Food Science at Leeds University in the UK spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich. There are various recipes online, but this is my process for making a Bacon Butty.

First, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. I like to leave the edges up to create a deep-dish to keep the bacon drippings from going all over the place. I cooked 12 strips of bacon (standard package) and layered the bacon the make sure all the pieces could fit onto the cookie sheet (this also made it easier in prepping the sandwiches, but I'll explain why in a bit...)

Place the cookie sheet on the center rack of a COLD oven (very important), then set the oven for 400°F. Cook the bacon for 20 minutes. Preparing it this way guarantees the PERFECT bacon for your sandwich.

While the bacon is cooking, slice your bread. You can also use rolls, but I had a loaf of French bread already from my last shopping trip. I like my bread for sandwiches a little thick, but it can be sliced to your own preference.

After the bacon is done cooking, cover a plate with 2 or 3 paper towels and use tongs to transfer the cooked bacon from the cookie sheet to the plate. This will help soak up some of the grease. Butter two pieces of bread and add two or three strips of the cooked bacon in between. Because the bacon was layered on the cookie sheet, some of the strips stuck together in sets of 2 or 3 already.

Add steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce to taste and ENJOY!

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