Reader: I tried to make the bacon wrapped chicken.
Me: Did it work?
Reader: Emphasis on tried. I couldn't get the bacon to crisp up like I wanted it to.
Me: Weird. Maybe put it under the broiler next time.
Reader: I think it was the dish I had it in.
Me: Bingo! You have to use a wire rack. It won't crisp in a dish.
|This is what your set up should look like for crisping things|
like bacon or wings in the oven. See that the wire rack is
on top of a cookie sheet. This allows air to flow on all sides
of the meat, including underneath, for a crispy exterior.
If you're unfamiliar with wire baking racks, you may know them as cooling racks. Make sure to get one that is oven safe, as some nonstick surfaces release fumes that can be toxic when they are heated too high. Kitchen Essentials makes one that is oven safe up to 450 degrees, which would be fine for most recipes. They are sold at Target for around $10.
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