Crispy Bacon

This is the very best way to prepare bacon for a crowd. The pre-preparation can be done the night before. It also allows the bacon to dry out as most of our commercial bacon is pumped with water to increase the mass. Stretching the bacon with the rolling pin keeps it nice and flat. Cooking bacon between sheets of baking paper avoids mess in the oven.


  • 500 g rindless streaky bacon
  • baking paper

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 200°C.

Line a large oven tray with baking paper. Lay the bacon strips on the paper, don’t overlap them.

Lay a second sheet of baking paper (cut to size) over the bacon and roll with a rolling pin over the top sheet to stretch the bacon lengthways. Leave to stand with the paper on.

Can be left overnight in the fridge. Bake between sheets of paper for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy.

Ina's Tip

Baking paper is essential here because the bacon will stick to greaseproof or wax paper.

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