Bacon weaves are so awesome and have become more and more popular recently. Bacon weaves are great for BLTs, burgers, or any sandwich really. You could even wrap a bacon weave around meatloaf or a pork tenderloin (just make sure the ends are well tucked in, otherwise, they curl up). I’ve cut a larger bacon weave into small squares to accompany a jalapeño tomato soup almost like crackers would. Of course you could make a bacon bowl by using an upside down oven or microwave safe bowl and placing the weave over it. I’m not a huge fan of bacon bowls because I feel like they are more for show than anything else but to each her own I guess.
To make a sandwich size bacon weave, I cut four slices of bacon in half. I lay four of the halves down side by side. Then I add the other slices perpendicularly one by one in an over under fashion. I’m sure that description is incredibly insufficient so I found this picture in a food network magazine that describes the process of making a bacon weave. However, when I make my weave, I do not start in the middle. I start at the top.
Finally, the best way to cook the bacon weave is on a baking sheet in the oven with a smaller baking sheet on top of the weave so that it ends up staying flat and uniform. If you do not have a baking sheet to fit inside a larger one, a heavy square cake pan works great as well. I’ve cooked bacon weaves at different temperatures for different times when I have had other dishes in the oven at the same time but 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree oven should do the trick.
I hope you have some fun making a bacon weave. If you do or think of something fun and different to do with them, let me know. I would love to hear about it and try it myself.