I love bacon and I’m always looking for new fun ways to use it. Take your average bacon, hash brown and eggs meal and make it fancy, fun and even finger food if you wanted. Once you get the basic bacon weave process down, you are on your way to countless ways to use bacon. I’m keeping it gluten free and dairy free but you can change this up 100 ways from Sunday. We decided this meal was baconlicious. Not a real word, but real descriptive. If you are a fellow bacon lover I know you’ll be trying this recipe.
These are the crazy things you dream up when you are forced to think about eating things without two pieces of bread. This was something I imagined when we were eating burgers. I thought it would be great to stack a burger on top of the bacon weave. I still do, but for this meal I chose the breakfast route.
But for a dinner route can you just imagine a new way to make Chicken Cordon Bleu. Chicken cooked in mustard, sliced and placed on top of this bacon weave. You could top that with a little cheese if you partake. What about a pizza? Take the bacon weave, place a nice thick slice of tomato on top with thin slices of garlic and broil it. Again, you could always sprinkle parmesan but I think it doesn’t even need it. I would use basil chiffonades. It certainly would make a cool BLGT. Hmmm, maybe I’ll start serving vegetables on top.
What would you put on top of your bacon weave?
I made a large bacon weave and a small bacon weave. I’ll warn you that the large bacon weave used 10 slices of bacon. For me that’s an entire package of the brand of bacon I use. It was impressive but I wouldn’t want to eat it all by myself. The large bacon weave would be best for a dish you are going to serve whole and then cut out into portions at the table. No matter what size bacon weave you make, each side should have an uneven number of slices of bacon.
The small bacon weave was perfect to top with the hash browns and an egg or two. I found that using a circle form kept the egg to a size that equaled the bacon weave. If you want it to see what’s under the egg, use a smaller round form.
I hope you will continue to have fun with your food and give this a try. If you make this please take a photo and send it to me. I can’t wait to see them!
I’ve included lots of photos so you can see step by step how I created this dish. Take a deep breath. Can you smell the bacon……..
Update: This was submitted as part of What Can IEat That’s Gluten Free.
3 slices of organic gluten free bacon for small stack
10 slices of organic gluten free bacon for large stack
This works best if you have a griddle or a square pan. If not a large frying pan that has a large flat area.
Make the weave on the griddle while it is OFF. I found it too difficult to make it and try to transfer it to a hot griddle. Not pretty. So take my word for it, use a cold griddle or pan.
Cut your bacon slices in half if making a small bacon weave. If making a large bacon weave keep the slices whole.
Separate your slices and place 3 half slices side by side for the small bacon weave and 5 full slices for a large bacon weave.
Now you want to start building your weave. The process is the same for the small and the large bacon weave. Take your next slice and place it at the top of the weave. Lift up the middle slice and put the cross slice underneath. Now you have the start of the pattern. The second slice you do the opposite. You leave the middle slice touching the griddle and and put the top cross slice under the two outside slices. The third and last slice you repeat the pattern you made with the first slice. You lift up the middle slice and put the cross slice underneath.
Once you have all of the slices woven together try to tighten it up so there are no big gaps. The tighter the weave the easier it will stay together after it’s cooked.
If you are making the large bacon weave you are doing the same over under pattern, just with more slices in each row.
Now you see why it’s important to do this with the griddle OFF.
Now you can turn on your griddle to 375 degrees or your pan to medium high. If you want to bake it I’m sure that would work too. I just didn’t give that a try so if you do please let us know how that works. I would use a hot oven at 425 degrees and make your weave on a foil lined jelly roll pan. Don’t use a cookie sheet with no sides or you’ll end up with a messy oven.
When one side of the weave looks crisp, carefully flip your bacon weave. For the large I used two large flat spatulas. The small ones I only used one spatula. If you don’t let it cook long enough it will come apart when you try to turn it over. That’s your key to know if it’s ready or not.
Once your bacon is ready you can top it with whatever you like. I cooked the hash browns in a separate pan while the bacon was cooking. The eggs I cooked on the griddle after I had pulled the bacon off. I love my new griddle. It comes in handy and it’s really easy to clean up.
I hope you have fun making bacon weaves and you’ll share your stories of great toppers. We really did enjoy our Bacon weave hash brown and egg stack!