There’s a lot of ways to use bacon in the kitchen. Chef Rob has been showing you many delicious recipes. But for some people who don’t cook very often, these recipes can be daunting. After all, frying up bacon doesn’t require any measuring, and we don’t want to exclude anyone who doesn’t like cooking up more than that. So we’ve decided to post a “recipe” that can be made by just about everyone: bacon weaving. I love bacon, I wanted a recipe that was simple, elegant, and looked ‘hard’ to make. I had a ‘friend’ over and I needed to impress her. Besides my own personal needs, I thought the bacon weaving was pretty awesome. The video below shows a massive bacon weave. I thought if I could make a smaller version, it would look amazing and look complicated. Yet, it wasn’t complicated and it was a piece of cake.
What, do you ask, is bacon weaving? It is exactly as it sounds like: you weave strips of uncooked bacon together. The end result is an attractive mat of bacon in a square shape. (Depending on the width of the bacon you are using, the weave will likely require about six strips in both directions.)
What do you do with this weave?
You cook it! Bake the bacon weave in the oven in a pan in the standard way. We’ve given some directions. If you’d like, you can sprinkle some brown sugar or pepper on it. When it’s done, take the bacon weave out and let it cool down a bit.
Now, ‘cause you have just cooked about twelve strips of bacon, it’s probably a good idea to pour off some of the grease and collect it (possibly for other tasty recipes!). You’ll also want to dab down the weave with some paper towel.
When that’s done, now comes the fun part: add your bacon roll interior. You see, now that you’ve created essentially a tortilla shell of bacon, you’ll be throwing in some fillings before creating what is essentially a bacon weave “burrito.”
Cheese is always a good idea for the filling. If you use cheese, sprinkle it on top of the bacon and put the whole thing back in the oven for a bit to melt it. After that’s done, you can put some vegetables on top of the cheese like lettuce, tomatoes or avocado. Or not! We don’t want to turn you off your bacon with too many veggies.
Once your fillings are done, you can roll the sucker up and slice it into pieces. Voila! A bacon “recipe” that requires no measurements and pretty minimal cooking. The best part about this is that you can vary it endlessly by changing what you want to put in the middle. Who knows – maybe something sweet like chocolate or bananas would taste good inside? I guess there’s only one way to find out!
We have also included a quick (literally quick) video on how to weave bacon with a meat filling. The video is by Dirty Dirty Grills, who seems to no longer have a website.
What do you think of bacon weaving? Are you going to try it at home?
All images from Ian Murchison