The Best Bacon and EggsIn my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with a hearty bread. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. This is the breakfast I want to serve to guests as well. A bacon and egg breakfast brings back memories of the weekly Sunday morning breakfasts we had in our home growing up and the feeling that you have all the time in the world, so kick back and relax.
|How to Cook Bacon and Eggs|
I decided to share how I prepare this basic, but perfect, bacon and eggs breakfast with you because I'm frequently asked how I do it. My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year. The technique for frying the eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect.
The Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Ingredients
|Three Ingredients for a Great Breakfast|
- A loaf of your favorite bread
- Extra large eggs
- Your favorite bacon
Fry Your Bacon in a SkilletThere are lots of ways to make bacon and I have tried them all, but I always come back to frying my bacon on the stovetop or in an electric frying pan. My mom always used an electric frying pan, but I usually choose the stovetop. I like to let the bacon sit out on the counter to warm up for 10-15 minutes before trying to separate the slices. It just makes it easier to separate the bacon pieces. Using a large skillet, place the slices of bacon in the pan over medium-high heat. You don't want to crowd the bacon slices.
|Fry the Bacon until Crisp|
Reduce the Heat as the Bacon Starts to Sizzle
If your bacon is spattering all over, the heat is too high. Cook your bacon, turning it every couple of minutes until it reaches the crispiness use desire. I like my bacon crisp. Drain the bacon on a plate layered with paper towels.
|Nice, Crisp Bacon|
Use Bacon Fat to Fry Your EggsOnce all the bacon is cooked turn your heat down to medium low. Don't drain the bacon fat. You are going to use it all to fry your eggs. I keep a small bowl of bacon fat in my refrigerator to be sure I have enough bacon fat to fry the eggs. You want about 1/4 inch of fat in the pan. I use a slotted spatula to remove the eggs from the pan and then blot each egg with a paper towel before putting it on the plate. That way very little of the fat is actually served with the eggs.
The Temperature of the Fat is Important
You want the bacon fat to be hot, but not so hot that the egg sizzles and crisps up around the edges. I mean, I don't want my egg that way, but it's OK if you do. Make your eggs how you want them. That's the beauty of cooking at home.
|Eggs Getting Happy|
Use Hearty Bread for ToastYou'll want your toast to be in the slots of your toaster, ready to start toasting as soon as the eggs go into the frying pan. The eggs should take about three minutes from pan to plate. That means you will want to start the toast as soon as you crack the eggs into the pan. The timing needs to be right if you want your toast hot, with the butter melting into its crunchy top. I like to use a hearty bread for the toast whenever I making my bacon and eggs breakfast. My homemade honey-oat bread toast is perfect, but any good, store-bought brand will work as well. The toast is important to this breakfast, so buy the tastiest one you can find.
|The Toast is Ready to Go|
Baste Your Eggs with Bacon FatLet's get back to the eggs. Crack the eggs into the pan and start the toast. Let the eggs begin to cook for about 30-45 seconds. Then using a large spoon, start to baste the eggs with the bacon fat by scooping the fat over the tops of the eggs. You are not going to flip these eggs. The hot fat is going to cook the top of the eggs. Be careful while you are doing this. That bacon fat is hot! After about three minutes the eggs should look done, the whites will be firm and the yolk will look partially cooked.
|Scoop the Fat over the Tops of the Eggs|
You are ready to plate the eggs. Using a slotted spatula, lift each egg from the pan. Holding a folded paper towel in your left hand (if you are a righty) blot the underside of the spatula to absorb any dripping fat and lightly blot the top of the egg. Place the eggs on the plate, sprinkle generously with salt and freshly-ground pepper. Add the buttered toast and bacon...and enjoy.
|The Perfect Breakfast|
Want more bacon and egg breakfast ideas? Try this recipe for spiced bacon.
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