If excellence is in one’s agenda, be it politically, financially, socially or spiritually, then one has to fundamentally invest in good health and consequently excel in his/her well-being. A person’s body and health is greatly defined by what that person eats, as opined by one George Fuechse “Garbage in garbage out”
This is because there is a strong correlation between the body, the mind and the spirit, and furthermore, the body shelters the rest. For a very long time, bacon (both pork and turkey) has been a staple breakfast component in many homes. Turkey bacon is categorically more popular than pork bacon due to its unmatched benefits to the body.
Its fat content is lower than the fat content in pork bacon, therefore making it better for consumption than pork.
In addition, compared to other types of meat like ham, bacon and pepperoni, turkey is most preferred due to its considerably low levels of cholesterol and calories. Also, turkey bacon is high in nutrient composition. It contains vitamin B complex which is required for a superb nervous system.
It is also known for its richness in selenium – a mineral that is capable of activating certain cancer fighting proteins. When properly prepared, turkey bacon can tempt someone to take more and more, regardless of how full one feels.
As a matter of fact, just its aroma while cooking will make someone cancel all the appointments he/she had, in order to wait for the delicacy to be ready. We have so many ways of preparing bacon for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Each meal has its best suited recipe.
How To Bake Turkey Bacon Easily
- Baking Crispy Turkey Bacon in the Oven
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Oven mitts
- Turn on the oven to 400 °F in order to pre-heat, and then pleat a sheet of foil. Slit off a piece of aluminum foil. Basically the aluminum foil should be a few inches longer than the baking sheet. Fold the foil back and forth into several sturdy ridges. This makes the bacon take the attractive shape of the ridges as it bakes. Make ridges in the foil that are about 1 inch tall. Ridging the foil will help the bacon bake in a crunchy shape. But if the bacon is preferred flat, the foil should not be ridged, it should just be spread plainly.
- Drape the turkey bacon transversely across ridges of the foil you just laid. Place the ridged foil on a baking sheet. Then place as many pieces of turkey bacon as you like across the ridges. The bacon slices should not overlap as this will interfere with the desired level of crunchiness.
- Bake the turkey bacon for around 7 to 8 minutes. After that, place the baking sheet in the pre-heated oven. Then bake the turkey bacon until it begins to turn brown and become crunchy. When the turkey bacon slices are ready for flipping, the sides will start looking dry and crispy.
- Flip the bacon slices then repeat number three above. This is only appropriate if you had used had used a flat aluminum foil, that is you had not ridged the foil. Flipping will be done using a pair of tongs. However, if you had ridged the aluminum foil before laying, you do not have to flip the bacon since it will maintain the ridges
- Take out the turkey bacon and serve it. Use an oven appendage to remove the pan from the oven. Lift the turkey bacon from the foil and serve straightway while it’s still hot.[
- If there are any leftovers you can store them in a properly sealed container and refrigerate. This can be stored for up to five days.
- Baking Brunette Sugar Turkey Bacon in the Oven
- Baking sheet
- Beater or spoon
- Parchment paper
- Cooker mitts
- Medium sized bowl
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Pastry brush
- Turn on the oven to 375 °F so that it pre-heats. Get the baking sheet ready. Slit off a sheet of parchment paper and place it on a rimmed baking sheet
- Place the turkey bacon on the baking sheet that you have lined with the parchment paper. Confirm that the turkey bacon is in not multi-layered to ensure it bakes evenly. To achieve that crunchy end result, ensure that adjacent slices do not overlap
- Mix the brunette sugar and maple syrup. Measure about quarter a cup of packed light brown sugar into a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Use a beater/whisk or a spoon to dissolve the brown sugar in the maple syrup.
- Brush the maple syrup onto the turkey bacon. Dip a pastry brush into the syrup and spread it enough of it over the turkey bacon. You can also sprinkle the syrup over the turkey bacon with a spoon in case you do not have a pastry brush.
- Flavor the turkey bacon and bake it for around 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle some black pepper uniformly over the turkey bacon, preferably freshly ground one. Lay the sheet in the preheated oven and bake it until you achieve the desired level of crunchiness
- Serve turkey bacon hot. Hot.
- If there are any leftovers you can store them in a properly sealed container and refrigerate. This can be stored for up to five days. The crunchiness may however reduce due to refrigeration, but the taste remains superb.
- Baking Turkey Bacon in the Microwave
- Plate that is micro-wave safe
- Paper towels
- Cooker mitts
- Pad a plate with a paper towel. Then, look for a plate that is micro-wave safe. The plate should be big enough to carry several pieces of turkey bacon.
- Place the turkey bacon on the paper towel. Lay 4 slices of turkey bacon on the paper towel-padded plate so they’re in one layer. In order to cook more than four slices, you will have to do so in, such that if I you are cooking twenty slices, you will have five batches
- Microwave the turkey bacon for a short time, like 2 minutes. Put the plate in the microwave and ensure that your microwave is set to full power. Microwave the turkey bacon in 30 second incremental intervals until it’s sizzling and crunchy.
- Remove and serve the turkey bacon. Put on a cooker mitt to remove the hot plate with the bacon from the microwave. Serve your turkey bacon while hot.
- If there are any leftovers you can store them in an air tight container and refrigerate. The refrigerated bacon can stay for up to five days, still as tasty as it was in the first day, but with reduced crunchiness
Outlined below are a few turkey bacon recipes specific to breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Cheesy Quichettes for breakfast
This takes approximately 45 minutes to prepare
- Turkey bacon, one strip
- Six eggs
- Quarter a cup of whole milk
- Hash brown potatoes
- Fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoonful salt
- Shredded Mexican cheese
- Turn on oven to 400°F to pre-heat. Lightly cover 12 muffin saucepan cups with nonstick cooking spray.
- Put equal quantities of turkey bacon into ready muffin cups. Beat eggs and milk in a bowl. Add potatoes, parsley and salt and blend properly. Spread the mixture uniformly into the cups.
- Bake for about twenty minutes. To check if it’s properly baked, insert a knife into the bacon and if it comes out clean, the bacon is well baked
- Sprinkle the bacon with cheese. Let it settle for about five minutes or until the cheese melts.
- Remove from the pan. This is done by running the knife aroung the posterior edges and lifting with a fork.
- Serve for breakfast.
- BBQ Turkey Minis for lunch
- Half cup panko bread crumbs
- Half a cup barbecue sauce
- One egg
- One and a half pounds Fresh Ground Turkey
- Twelve Hawaiian bread rolls
- Twelve Lettuce leaves and 12 tomato slices
- Three slices American cheese, each cut into 4 squares
- Put enough oil on the grill grid. Prepare grill for direct cooking.
- Mix your bread crumbs, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and egg in a bowl; blend properly. Add turkey; blend properly until they are well mixed. Shape the mixture into small patties
- Grill the patties, enclosed, under high heat. Each side should take around 4 or 5 minutes. If it takes longer, grill until no longer pink can be seen and the center of burgers achieves 165°F. Brush the bacon with remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- Serve patties on rolls with lettuce, tomato and cheese.
Baked Turkey Meatballs for lunch
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 ounce freshly ground Turkey
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 each medium zucchini
- 2 cup low-sodium marinara sauce
- 3 cup cooked spaghetti
- Turn on the oven to 400°F in order to pre-heat. Cover broiling or baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. This allows the meatball to drain
- Mix the egg white with oats in a bowl and set aside. Mix the turkey, garlic, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add the oat mixture and gradually mix using your hand until it’s evenly spread.
- Form balls and put them on the ready pan. Bake until they pink color disappears and the center of the meatballs reaches 165°F. This usually takes between 12 and 15 minutes
- Pour marinara sauce into a separate pan. Add the cooked meatballs; stir gently for the meatballs to be completely coated with sauce. Cover and boil the meatballs for ten minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Serve with an accompaniment of your choice.
Frequently asked questions
Question: what should one check on to know the turkey is properly cooked?
Answer: The turkey is well cooked when it achieves 180°F. To know this, one should insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh and read the temperature.
Question: how long can a raw turkey be stored in the freezer?
Answer: it can be stored for up t two years but not more. Once thawed, it should be consumed within three days
Question: is it necessary to baste the turkey?
Answer: Not necessarily. Turkeys are full of flavor even without basting. Furthermore, frequently opening the oven door to baste the turkey increases cooking time.
Question: can vegetables be baked together with the turkey in the same plate?
Answer: it is advisable to cook the two dishes
Question: After how long can turkey bacon be carved after removing it from the oven?
Answer: It is recommendable to carve it after 20 minutes
Question: Can people snack on leftover turkey later?
Answer: Yes. The left-over meat should be removed from the bones and kept in the fridge within two hours after baking. This can later be snaked on even after five days.
It is undisputable that turkey bacon is one of the most nutritious meals one can have. It has a whole world of benefits to the body and with negligible factors to worry about, especially due to its low cholesterol levels.
Caution should be taken however when consuming turkey bacon. This is because it is known for its high sodium levels.
Salt is basically a health hazard since excess salt in the body can cause or aggravate conditions like high blood pressure.
To arrest this problem, one should be careful in selecting and preparing the bacon.
For instance, while buying, it is advisable to select the type that has reduced sodium. Additionally, during cooking, no extra salt should be added to the bacon.
Once it is fully cooked, the bacon should be blotted with a clean cloth or paper towel before consumption. This is to get rid of excess salt.
The cook should also avoid pan-frying bacon with added oil like butter. This makes it oilier and a health hazard. It already has enough natural fats which is sufficient to cook it without sticking. In fact, this is the reason baking is the best cooking option. The bacon should also be blotted with a paper towel to get rid of excess oil. I’m sure now you know how to bake turkey bacon!