How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite meals! Mainly because I don’t have to go to work, I can relax with my family, and I can stay in my pajamas all day if I want to! With a very active one year old girl at my feet, it is definitely tougher to stand at the stove than it used to be. Not only does she hang on my legs, but all she wants is to be picked up so she can see all the action (future chef in the making??) Unfortunately as good as bacon smells and as exciting it is to see grease popping in the frying pan…it’s not the safest place for a baby!

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So I decided to try something different this weekend. I decided to cook bacon in the oven instead of on the stovetop. It’s not necessarily an overall time saver, but it does allow you to take the cooking time and spend it doing something else while your oven does all the work. All you need is a baking sheet, some parchment paper, and of course the bacon itself. Throw it in the oven for 30 minutes and your job is done.

We took our half hour to build some block towers, knock them down, and build them up again.  We have these classic wooden blocks with ABC’s on them that she loves (I remember playing with the same blocks when I was little!) We sang our ABC’s and I also heard our daughter said “Pooh” for Winne the Pooh for the first time today!  Very exciting day in the Haggerty household, hahaaa. And definitely time well spent! When the half hour was up, I pulled the crisp, hot bacon out of the oven and we enjoyed it with some scrambled eggs. I would definitely recommend this method of baking bacon to anyone! It doesn’t have to just be for busy parents, but even for anyone who just doesn’t want to get splattered by bacon grease in the cooking process! Here’s my way of how to cook bacon in the oven!

Baked Bacon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 lb cooked bacon

Baked Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lay strips of bacon flat across baking sheet.
  • Bake in 350° oven for approximately 30 minutes - the bacon should appear browned and crisp.
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Recipe: Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

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My personal pumpkin obsession lasts from about the beginning of August every year until about Thanksgiving. Anything I can get my hands on pumpkin, I will try it! This fall, I decided to create my own new pumpkin recipe (for behind the scenes photos of my recipe creation, follow @FoodMarriage on Instagram).

The idea for my recipe came from an Ina Garten themed dinner party I threw for my mom’s birthday a couple years ago. That night, I made the most delicious coconut macaroons from Ina Garten’s cookbook – Barefoot Contessa Family Style. I decided to revisit this cookbook to add my own fall twist on these classic cookies.

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The Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons turned out so delicious!  I definitely kept some for myself, but I also decided to put some in a cute glass jar and deliver them to my mom as a birthday present for this year! She loved them!  They were absolutely perfect the first day they were made. However, when I stored them in an airtight container for another day, they got very sticky. (I didn’t mind the sticky because they tasted so good, but they were a little messy).  Any suggestions on how to make them not as sticky are greatly appreciated!

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 14 oz shredded coconut
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpin pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix the coconut, pumpkin, condensed milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together.
  • Whip the egg whites in a mixer with the whisk attachment for about 2 minutes.
  • Fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, drop the cookies onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.
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Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

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As a mom on the go, I’m always looking for easy breakfast options – and sadly, it usually ends up with me just grabbing a granola bar out of the cabinet. This recently happened to me – I ate my trusty granola bar at 7am and then went on with the rest of my day. Until I started mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and saw a Buzz Feed Video for Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots! My mouth started watering – I watched the video three times and showed it to my husband and made him watch it. I then ran into the kitchen and exclaimed “I am making this right now!!”

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Luckily, I already had the necessary ingredients on hand in the kitchen. I decided to make my own version of this recipe, using the video as inspiration. I made it easy with only two ingredients: bacon and tater tots. I decided to use up a whole pound of bacon, which ended up making 50 bacon wrapped tater tots. It was definitely too much for two people (our daughter is only 8 months old and certainly cannot eat this yet!!) But they were easy to save for another day in an airtight container. You can re-heat in the microwave, but I suggest reheating any leftovers in the oven to keep the bacon crispy.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 50 Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 50 Frozen Tater Tots (I used a 32 oz bag and had extra leftover that you can save for another time)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the bacon from the packaging and slice each piece of bacon into three equal-sized smaller pieces (Time saving trick: I kept the bacon stacked and cut through the whole stack at once)
  • Wrap each tater tot tightly in the bacon.
  • Place the bacon wrapped tater tots onto the parchment paper with the seam of the wrap facing down.
  • Bake in 400° for about 20 minutes; then flip each bacon wrapped tater tot to the other side.
  • Continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven (there will be a lot of grease in the bottom of the pan, so be careful)
  • Get a plate and cover it with a couple of stacked paper towels.
  • Take each tater tot and place on the plate of paper towels to allow some of the grease to drain.
  • Enjoy!
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Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

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I used to be a leftovers snob. If something wasn’t freshly made that day, I didn’t want it. I thought it was great to be able to make something fresh and new every day, because in my mind, food looked better and tasted better if you ate it right away.

Let’s just say since I became a mom, my thoughts on leftovers have changed drastically. Not only am I okay with leftovers…I love being able to make large quantities of something and freezing it to get a second meal out of it another day. I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at home with my daughter for 12 weeks after her birth. Now that it is time to go back to work I thought it would be a good idea to stock pile some meals in the freezer.

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

I decided to do this with one of my FAVORITE recipes…Baked Ziti. This is a recipe that I have adapted a bit from my favorite chef in the world…my own mother! She gave me some of the basics of what she puts in a Baked Ziti recipe and I decided the quantities and kinds of cheeses I wanted. I like to make a party-sized portion and then split it into two pans so we can have one for now and then one for later. I also use disposable pans for less mess!

Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: This recipe will feed up to 8 people. You can also split it in half and make one ziti dish for now and freeze the other for later.

Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 (16oz) box Ziti Noodles
  • 1 large jar (45oz) of Pasta Sauce
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Remove sausage from its casing (slide a sharp knife down the center of each sausage and then using your hands just push the meat out from the casing. Discard the casing)
  • Combine the sausage and ground beef in a pan. Cook over medium heat until browned, continually breaking up the meat and mixing it together.
  • Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box to make it al dente. (It is very important not to overcook as you will continue baking it in the oven later).
  • Pour your sauce into a large bowl or pot. Add the ricotta cheese and mix it in completely with the sauce.
  • Next, add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese to the sauce. (Save the other 1 cup for later)
  • Add your meat and pasta into the sauce and cheese. Mix well.
  • Pour your pasta into a casserole dish. (Use a large pan if cooking the entire amount. OR split into two different smaller (1 and 1/2 quart) pans to cook one meal now and freeze the other one for later)
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on the top of the ziti. (if using two casserole dishes, sprinkle 1/2 on one dish and 1/2 on the other)
  • Cover your dish with foil.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the entire dish is hot and the cheese has completely melted on top.
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Recipe: Pureed Potato Soup

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I’m a sucker for cookbooks. Even today, with the availability of online recipes, if I see a good looking cookbook in the store, I will buy it. I have so many cookbooks, my one bookshelf has literally collapsed from the weight of the books! I recently pulled out my “One Pot of the Day” Cookbook by Kate McMillan for Williams Sonoma. It is a great book that gives you 365 different recipes – one for every day of the year!

I recently flipped open to the section for the month of March to get some new ideas and I found a delicious looking Potato-Leek Soup that I decided to adapt a bit to give a slightly thicker consistency. Because it has leeks in it (a member of the onion family!), my husband didn’t go near it – so I got to enjoy all of the smooth, warm goodness for myself!

Potato Soup Recipe - Pureed and Smooth

 

Pureed Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Pureed Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 Leeks
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Instructions

  • Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes.
  • Chop the white roots off the end of your leeks and then chop the dark green tops off the top of your leeks. This will leave you with about 2 to 3 inches of the light green portion.
  • Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and then thinly chop.
  • Combine the broth, potatoes, leeks, and salt in a large pot in the stove.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes (the leeks will cook down and the potatoes will become tender)
  • Puree the soup until it is smooth (you can use an immersion blender right in the pot, or transfer to a blender)
  • Stir in the cream.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from "One Pot of the Day" by Kate McMillan for Williams Sonoma.

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