close-up photo of H. Weal, co-author of The Weal MealMy family of four is evenly split between early birds (me and our eldest) and night owls (my husband and our youngest), so we don’t typically eat breakfast together. But whenever those occasions crop up where we all have to be on the same schedule, Oven Roasted Bacon helps us get coordinated. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of recipe – I throw it in the oven first and work on the rest of breakfast. By the time everything else is done, the bacon’s perfectly crisp. And its unmistakable aroma does the job of waking up the rest of the family. — H. Weal

12 ounces bacon slices

half sheet (13” x 18”) sheet pan, lined with baking mat or aluminum foil
paper towels
kitchen tongs

1. Lay bacon slices side by side in prepared sheet pan.
2. Place pan in oven, then set to 400 degrees.
3. Roast bacon until it froths – about 25 minutes.
4. Lay out a few paper towel sheets, then transfer strips there to absorb excess grease before serving.

• Bacon can overcook quickly, so start checking for doneness after the 15-minute mark.

30 minutes

5 servings