Monday 2 April 2012

How To Make A Bacon Weave

bacon weave
Grilled Bacon Weave
Weave, lattice? I don't know how to refer to it properly, all I know is that it looks great. I've been messing around with Bacon Bombs recently as you might have noticed, and from that has come a new found joy of the aesthetics of bacon. In particular, streaky bacon.

Whether you're using this for the outside of a bacon bomb, serving it up with pancakes or just using it as a decorative effect, here's how to do it.

Couple of tips before you start:

Leave the bacon in the fridge until you're going to use it, it's much easier to work with cold rather than at room temperature.

Use thin streaky bacon, if the rashers are too thick the weave won't look as effective.

  • Put cling film onto a chopping board
  • Lay 5 pieces of streaky bacon next to each other vertically
bacon rashers

  • Fold rashers 1, 3 and 5 in half so that the top touches the bottom
how to make a bacon weave

  • Lay a new rasher horizontally just above the folds
making bacon weave

  • Unfold rashers 1, 3 and 5
bacon lattice

  • Fold rashers 2 and 4, top to bottom
  • Lay another rasher on top just above the folds
hoo to make a bacon lattice

  • Unfold rashers 2 and 4
bacon rashers weave

  • Now repeat with 1, 3 and 5, fold and add, unfold
  • Fold 2 and 4, add, unfold
  • Repeat until you have a full weave
raw bacon weave

You can use as many bacon rashers as you wish, this one was expected to be 5 x 5 but it ended up 5 x 7 (note: this isn't the same lattice as in the lead photo, this one was made for the Free From G Oriental Style Bacon Bomb, the top one was served with gluten free pancakes).

After you get the hang of it, making a bacon weave only takes a couple of minutes, I just love the way it looks. I'm not exactly big on my meal presentation skills so doing something like this just pretties up a dish in a really easy way, it's actually quite fun to make too.

Weave Away!

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