Sunday, 12 July 2009
There is nothing on earth as simple or as delicious as a bacon sarnie, bacon bap or bacon buttie, bacon sandwich . . . no matter what you call it, it's heavenly bliss.
When we were living up in Chester and working at a very busy service station together, my husband and I sold literally hundreds of bacon baguettes every single morning to hungry customers that would line up around the shop, mostly builders and truckers I think. We sold them by the halves and by the wholes, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, stogged full of *greasy bacon* baguettes. We also sold sausage ones, and bacon and sausage ones. Six and twelve inches of white breaded goodness crammed full of grease and cholesterol. I used to go home stinking of bacon and sausage each night, and wonder what the big deal was. I tried one once, and it didn't taste all that good to me, probably because they used cheap sausages and bacon. As anyone who is a Connoisseur of the finer things in life can tell you, cheap meat is just plain nasty, especially when it comes to sausage and bacon...
The bacon sandwich when done right though, plain and simple, is one of life's greater pleasures, not to be missed in the scheme of 100 things that one must do and experience in this lifetime.
One must be sure however, to use really good quality bacon. I like to use free range organic dry cured bacon myself. It satisfies my tree hugging need to be a responsable consumer of things, and I happen to think happy pigs taste better.
As far as bread goes, I think good old soft white bread tastes the best, not the cheapest but neither the most expensive. A good middle of the range bread works just fine, something like aKingsmill's Everyday medium white loaf works wonderfully for me!
*The Worlds Best Bacon Buttie*
Soft white bread, grilled bacon with crisp edges, brown sauce . . . delicious . . . need I say more?
6 - 8 rashers of rindless smoked or unsmoked back bacon
light olive oil
4 slices of white bread
HP brown sauce or Heinz Ketchup (whichever you prefer)
To get a really crisp edge on your bacon, snip a few small cuts in the fat around each rasher. This also helps to keep it from curling up too much when you are cooking it.
Put a large skillet over medium high heat and heat until it is hot. Add the olive oil and heat to a shimmer before adding the bacon. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until it's as crispy as you like it.
Lay two slices of bread out on the counter and divide the bacon between them, allowing the juices to soak into the bread. Spread the remaining two slices of bread with either the brown sauce or the ketchup and place sauce side down into the pan drippings. Cook for several minutes until all the pan juices are soaked into the saucy bread. Place the bread slices, sauce side down on top of the bacon covered slices. Place onto warm plates, cut in half and serve straight away. Enjoy!