If you’ve heard of a bacon bowl, it’s likely been in the made-for-TV section of the convenience store. In this context, the bacon bowl is kitschy, sacrilegious. But made at home and crafted from thick-cut maple bacon, one farm-fresh egg and a ceramic coffee mug, and it’s easily the best breakfast you’ve never had.
Even better: it’s quick and easy. The bacon gets crispy, the egg gets fluffy, and the bacon’s natural fats keep it from sticking to the mug. It’s low-maintenance, delicious and holds an impressive, pork presentation. Prep time is five minutes tops, cook time is about 15, and there’s no need to soak and scrub a pan and spatula afterward: a ceramic coffee mug is all you need. Less mess, less time wasted. Here’s how we made ours.
The Bacon Bowl and Egg
2 slices thick cut bacon
1 egg, small
Ceramic mug (oven-proof)
*Time varies based on oven heat, mug position, mug thickness and bacon thickness.*
1.Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. If the oven isn’t preheated, the bacon will not be crispy enough to maintain its form. 2. Pick two strips of bacon: one long strip for the outside and a thicker one for the base. Cut the thicker piece in half. 3. Line the mug with bacon. First, place the longer strip of bacon alongside the walls. Criss-cross the shorter pieces onto the bottom of the mug and gently press down. 4. Crack one egg into the bowl. 5. Place in oven on top rack. Then, check status at 10 minutes and again at 15. If it’s not crispy, feel free to give it another 5 minutes or so. 6. Going for impressive presentation? Gently scoop the bowl out of the mug and put it on a plate. Keeping things simple? Grab a fork and dig in.