Bacon 'Bread' Is A Savory Substitute To Upgrade Your Sandwiches

Think a lettuce or spinach wrap is your only choice for a low-carb sandwich? Think again, because there's a bread alternative made with bacon that you've got to try. Strips of raw bacon are woven into a square and cooked until crisp, and that bacon lattice becomes the low-carb, protein-rich exterior of the BLT of our dreams.

Of course, we won't stop with just bacon, lettuce, and tomato. The dense and crunchy layer of bacon also holds up to warm and weighty fillings. Think fried egg and bacon, or melty Swiss cheese and grilled Portobello mushrooms. The salty umami-packed bacon flavor also combines with ingredients that you might not consider with a lettuce wrap. How about a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich that would make Elvis Presley ask for more? The warm bacon slab makes for a satisfying meat-lovers burger bun substitute, as well.

Makin' bacon

We have just the tips you need to make the perfect bacon lattice. Choose bacon that is not too thick; thick-cut bacon bakes up with a more chewy texture and we want the crispness of a regular bacon cut instead. There is one perfect way to make the crispest bacon, and you want that crunch for this bread replacement. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and position a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and then prepare the bacon.

Cut the bacon in half to make shorter lengths, and lay three half-strips next to each other. Then use three more strips woven over and under the first strips to create a square. Place them on the waiting wire rack and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and brown. For an over-the-top bacon "bread," try maple-cinnamon spiced bacon. Oven-baked bacon will give you the gift of rendered bacon fat that you can use to make mayonnaise for your sandwich, too.