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Bacon, Crispy Bacon

I had you at bacon. This is a pretty simple idea that began with Thomas Keller. It's been lifted by the editors at Cooks Illustrated as well as a feature in the Huff Post. It's perfect for the Aga if crisp bacon is the goal.

Let's see how this goes down in the Agakitchen

  • Lay bacon out on cookie pan
  • Add 1/2 cup of water sprinkly evenly over the bacon
  • Bake on floor of Roasting Oven 8 minutes
  • Rotate pan and cook an addtional 4 to 8 minutes. Use good judgement

End result is a perfectly crisp, evenly cooked but not too brittle bacon

Check out my bacon dancing "on point". 



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Porky ballerinas!

I'd say right about Minute 11 would be a good time to sprinkle it all with some brown sugar and turn it into bacon candy.

Hey Gerry, at this very minute I've just cut up some pork shoulder that I'm taking to my Aga-job tomorrow to try making carnitas using the 100/0 rule. Just dawned on me yesterday that carnitas are the perfect Aga-food... but then I guess most any pork shoulder dish would be, huh?

First of the garden vegs are up so plenty of crunchy accompaniments for the carnitas, to help offset all that pork fat. Life is good.

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I am jealous, the snow just left my yard last week! Do share your pork shoulder recipe.

May 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterGerry Nooney

Hey Gerry, did you take the summer off? Or just shut down the Aga for the summer?

I've used the one at my Aga-client job to roast up several truckloads of vegetables this summer, and yesterday to make a fresh-corn & bacon chowder, but am really looking forward to the cool weather to get those braises going.

I think next spring I'll recommend they shut down their Aga for the summer, though. It's been freaking HOT in there all summer!

Hope you haven't abandoned this blog!

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I keep mine running all summer, it's no problem in the mountains of Vermont. I have not abandoned my blog but I'm ready to shoot my Mac. It's made the process so tedious that I'm reluctant to put up new posts. Incredibly frustrating for me. I have some real winners for the fall. I have crispy kale macadamia nut salad coming out soon.

Thanks Gerry

September 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterGerry Nooney

Awww, bite the bullet and get a new PC and come on back, Gerry -- I miss your recipes. I had to break down this summer and get a new PC. My old road warrior IBM Thinkpad was ~7 years old, and I can't believe the speed of the new one. Plus it cost like half what my old one did.

It's finally cool here so I'm launching Gumbo Week -- a smoked duck one tomorrow and then a seafood one on Thursday -- a sure sign that autumn has arrived, hooray.

And I want to see your kale-macadamia salad! There's aren't nearly enough bloggers out there with Agas.

Experimented a lot this summer with drying fruit in the Aga. My most successful ventures were apple chips and kumquats. But I confess I haven't found many applications for dried kumquats. :)

September 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

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