How to Cook a Bacon Weave

by Jane Smith

Use thin-sliced bacon to make it easier to weave the slices together.

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While not the healthiest choice, a bacon weave adds eye appeal and whimsy to your dish. The techniques you need to know to make a bacon weave have a lot in common with the woven place mats you made in third grade. Once you learn how to make a bacon weave, you can use it as the base of a gluten-free pizza, make a turtle centerpiece with cocktail-weenie legs or even create a woven-bacon manger scene.

Flat Weave

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cover the bottom of one rolled-edge cookie sheet with foil. Cover the top side of the second cookie sheet with foil as well. Position one cookie sheet with its length going from right to left, and set the second cookie sheet aside for now.

Open the bacon. Lay half the slices on the cookie sheet in a single layer, with the long sides touching, in a square or rectangle.

Beginning with the bacon strip closest to you, fold the left end of every second bacon slice one inch to the right.

Lay a bacon slice across the ends that you did not fold, then roll the folded bacon ends back into their original position.

Beginning with the second-closest bacon strip to you, fold every other bacon strip to the left. Lay a bacon strip across the strips you did not fold, pushing it as close against the first strip as you can. Return the folded bacon strips to their original position.

Repeat folding every other bacon strip to the left, starting with the strip closest to you. Lay the third bacon strip across the ones you did not fold, and return the folded strips to their original positions. Continue until you weave all the bacon strips.

Place the second cookie sheet on top of the first one and press down.

Bake at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes, which is half the maximum cook time recommended at that temperature to avoid the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines. Remove the bacon weave from the oven.

Pour the bacon grease into a metal container and refrigerate it for later use.

Spread pizza sauce over the bacon weave. Add your favorite pizza toppings and return the weave to the oven.

Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake until any cheese melts and the bacon appears crisp on the exposed ends.

Muffin-Tin Bacon Bowls

Lay the muffin tin bottom-up on the third foil-covered cookie sheet. Cover each muffin-tin "bump" with foil.

Make a cross on the bottom of each muffin-tin "bump" with two strips of bacon. Lay a second bacon cross on top of the first, with its "arms" positioned between the arms of the first bacon cross, giving you an "asterix" shape.

Repeat until every muffin-tin bump has a bacon asterix.

Wrap bacon strips around each muffin-tin bump after folding every other strip out of the way. Return the folded strips to their original positions on the muffin tin.

Repeat, folding every other strip out of the way again. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven. Pour the bacon grease into a metal can.

Turn the muffin tin right-side up to remove the bacon bowls. Place the bacon bowls back into the correct side of the muffin pan. Crack two eggs into each bacon bowl.

Top each egg-filled bacon bowl with fresh parsley, basil and chives. Bake at 325 degrees F until the egg white is opaque, the yolk is firm, and the egg registers 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer.