A Rasher of Bacon

I have always wondered what a “rasher” of bacon was.  I didn’t know if it was a single slice, a serving (2-3 slices) or a whole pan.  Bacon was never referred to in these terms in the time and place where I grew up, so when I heard the term in popular culture or in cooking references (I love to read cookbooks) I really didn’t know what it meant.

A rasher of bacon (orig. English) is either a single slice of bacon or a serving (2-3 slices).  Both definitions are commonly used in England and Ireland.  The word is thought to come from an old word “rash” meaning slice.  It makes sense to me!

So if I ever visit England or Ireland, I will probably not order a “rasher” of bacon- I’ll just say bring me lots!

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