Bacon

For Even Better Bacon, Chrissy Teigen Does This

This changes everything.

January 20, 2020
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In my eyes, Chrissy Teigen—cookbook author, supermodel, Twitter queen—can do no wrong. And for good reason: She's brought magic to my kitchen with recipes like French toast casserole and crispy rice salad. Sure, there was that one time when I almost set fire to my kitchen while making her everything bagel breakfast bake, but it was my lack of preparation that was to blame, not Chrissy. Never Chrissy.

With two cookbooks (Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More, both of which are must-buys) out in the world, I thought for a while that I would have to survive without new cookable content until her next book launch. But then she blessed us with a website dedicated to her favorite recipes, restaurants, kitchen tools, and musings on why Lucky Charms's marshmallows belong in hot chocolate (sheer brilliance).

It was while perusing the site that I discovered a recipe (though really, I'd call it more of a "life hack") I had egregiously overlooked from the first of her culinary tomes: garlic-roasted bacon.

Maybe I glossed over it because I'm not that big of a bacon fan (I know, I know), but after several of my co-workers insisted I try it, I agreed to test it out—I am our resident Teigen scholar, after all. So I picked up the only two ingredients the recipe calls for (can you guess?), and, with uncharacteristic aloofness, sprinkled the chopped garlic over a few slabs of bacon before popping it in the oven.

Fifteen minutes later and it was time to try it out—I waited zero minutes for it to cool because it looked and smelled very good. But I don't think I was fully prepared to love it as much as I did. Those teeny flecks of roasted garlic added both zest and a rich, gentle sweetness, which worked wonders with bacon's inherent fatty, smoky flavors. It's an iconic coupling with as much star power as Meghan and Harry, Ina and Jeffrey, and—of course—Chrissy and John.

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Let's talk for a sec about the quality of the method itself: roasting bacon in the oven with parchment paper. Chrissy swears that this is the all-time best way to cook bacon, though our Absolute Best Tests columnist, Ella Quittner, may have a slightly different opinion on this important matter. All this said, I was a fan. The bacon was appropriately crispy around on the edges and chewy in the middle. Did I mention how good the garlic was?

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“You can also do a Siracha and garlic topping for your bacon! I happen to love honey & blue cheese on bacon. I microwave the blue cheese just until it’s melted & use a spoon to put it on the bacon. When I take the pan of bacon out of the oven, I finish it with a touch of honey! I’ve been thinking about starting a bacon foodcart/foodtruck w/different toppings on pan cooked bacon. The crispy garlic cloves will be the side companion like pickles w/a sandwich. ”
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I personally found it difficult to stop myself from eating every garlic-roasted slice on the sheet pan (I cut myself off at five), but I also think they would be divine on a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, a juicy burger, over creamy polenta, or crumbled over pizza—sky's the limit.

The only thing I will absolutely recommend you do is keep the bacon fat-covered parchment paper on the sheet pan, eat remove all the bacon, and use it to roast root vegetables, like sweet potatoes or carrots. It was a revelation that came to me while testing this recipe for the first time (while simultaneously making dinner), and I know that Chrissy would be proud.


Chrissy Teigen's Garlic-Roasted Bacon

Serves: 3 to 6

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

  • 12 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Lay the bacon out on a parchment- or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet so the slices don’t overlap. Sprinkle the garlic all over the bacon. Roast until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. (Or omit the garlic; it’s still the best way to cook bacon.)

What's your favorite way to eat Chrissy Teigen's garlic-roasted bacon? Post your bacon-filled creations on Instagram and tag me @you_feta_believe_it so I can give them a try!

Recipe Reprinted from Cravings. Copyright © 2016 by Chrissy Teigen. Photographs copyright © 2016 by Aubrie Pick. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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cook January 29, 2020
Also consider using Siracha on bacon, or a Siracha & honey mixture on your pan cooked bacon. You can also do a Siracha and garlic topping for your bacon! I happen to love honey & blue cheese on bacon. I microwave the blue cheese just until it’s melted & use a spoon to put it on the bacon. When I take the pan of bacon out of the oven, I finish it with a touch of honey! I’ve been thinking about starting a bacon foodcart/foodtruck w/different toppings on pan cooked bacon. The crispy garlic cloves will be the side companion like pickles w/a sandwich.
 
cook January 29, 2020
Regarding Chrissy Teigen’s bacon w/garlic recipe—Try putting a clove of garlic or slice several cloves of garlic & put them in the corners of the pan (in addition to the chopped garlic on the bacon & instead of using parchment paper, just spray the bare pan w/Spam cooking spray). Everyone will fight over the crispy garlic cloves or crispy garlic clove slices after they have cooked in the juices/bacon greese from the bacon, and then they will fight over the garlic bacon as well.
 
jblock January 25, 2020
I’m so surprised the garlic didn’t burn at all, and become bitter! Must try!
 
HalfPint January 22, 2020
This bacon would be good in fried rice.
 
Kurt H. January 21, 2020
So it's finely chopped (or minced? or crushed?) fresh garlic? What is the ratio of garlic cloves to bacon strips?
 
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Erin A. January 21, 2020
Eeek! In all my excitement I forgot to add the ingredients—MY BAD. I've updated the article but the recipe calls for 12 slices of bacon and 3 cloves of chopped garlic. I did a rough chop on my garlic (and really enjoyed it), but our Senior Editor Eric Kim gave minced garlic a try and loved the crispy, tiny bits.
 
Kurt H. January 21, 2020
Great--thanks!