Well, I’m glad I stumbled upon this. Here’s a question: what happens when you take the world’s simplest bacon recipe, toss in a divisive celebrity chef, and let it marinate in the Internet for six years? The resulting dish is hilarity. The full story about what I’m talking about follows after the jump.

The Origins of Late Night Bacon

The story begins on a more innocent day six years ago: Rachel Ray, the world-famous celebrity chef, posted a recipe (or, more likely, some poor drudge did) for “Late Night Bacon” on her Food Network blog. What’s so funny about it? Well, this is the “recipe”: “Place 2 sheets of paper towel on a microwave safe plate, lay the bacon out on the paper towel not overlapping the slices. Place 2 more sheets of paper towel on top. Place in the microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes.” Uhm. I didn’t know that I needed someone on TV to tell me how to do that!

Late Night Bacon Takes Off

I guess the recipe just sat there for several years until some jokesters found it last November, and began adding comments. While the recipe is pretty silly by itself, the deadpan comments are what really took this “recipe” to the next level. Start with the oldest comments – they are the funniest. Some of the best were deleted by Rachel Ray’s folks when they first noticed it getting hits, but you can still see a record of them at VanityFair.com. Here are some of my favourites.

• “Tried this recipe last night. The bacon was great, but the paper towels tasted awful.”

• “Ok, I followed the instructions, but now my bacon is trapped within the microwave. Am I supposed to remove it? If so, how? Please help.”

• “Sounds yummy, but I’m a vegetarian. Do you have a way to make this without meat?”

• “It’s hard to believe some people don’t think of you as a cook.”

• “How should I adapt this recipe so I can cook it in the morning? But it really has changed my view on late night munching. Thanks RR!”

• “I’m a busy working mom. Is it possible to buy the bacon in a pre-wrapped plate and paper towels that I can pop straight into the microwave after soccer practice?”

• “Does anyone have a good recipe for Banana? I typically take one from the bunch, peel it, discard the peel and eat it. But I feel like I am missing something. Any recipe for Orange would be helpful too.”

• “My bacon kept overlapping. I will not be remaking.”

Which one did you like the best? If you have the time, I suggest you try to add your own!

Since then, the entry has become a minor Internet phenomenon. As I mentioned, the entry was featured on VanityFair.com, the Hairpin, and the Daily What. Since then, it has even gained a Facebook page with over 1,000 members. As I love anything silly and viral and bacon-related, I recommend you check them out.

And one final thing: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Late Night Bacon. In fact, I had some microwaved bacon earlier today! Late Night Bacon can be funny and delicious.

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