Thursday, January 7, 2016

BACON BACON BACON Impossibly Easy Appetizers - 52 Appetizers Recipes

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Three ingredients, that's it!  and a slow and low cooking time so the possibility of over cooking is very low.  IMPOSSIBLY EASY !

And BACON BACON BACON so you know they are good!

Fair notice, I saw a version of this recipe on an episode of The Pioneer Woman TV show.  I tried a batch her way and had pretty good results.  I made a couple of tweeks and like my second batch better.  So most of the recipe is hers but the final product I am very happy with.

I made these for a New year's Eve party and folks went crazy!  Hey, it's bacon who wouldn't?

The three ingredients are pretty specific...

The bacon needs to be thin sliced.  Thick slice would cook different and would be a bit overpowering of the balance with the other two tastes and textures.

The Crackers need to be The Keebler Club Cracker Brand.  No matter what that you may have heard, size does matter.  these crackers are the perfect size to wrap.  One piece of bacon will wrap like a mummy around one cracker.

And the Parmesan cheese should be fresh grated.  The Pioneer Woman used the familiar green jarred Parmesan dust.  Hers looked great, hers inspired me to give this a try, but if you have a choice, I think the fresh grated melts better and has a better flavor.

One note, coming soon I may give a "Bacon Wrapped Mini-Pizza" a try...
Layer of Club Cracker
Layer of Grated Mozzarella Cheese
a Small dollop of Marinara Sauce
Layer of Pepperoni cut to fit
And all wrapped in a slice of Bacon....

Of how about a Hawaiian Appetizer...
Layer of Club Cracker
Layer of Grated Swiss Cheese
Layer of Pineapple
Wrapped in Bacon...

Hmmmm  The wheels are turning.


 OK... Here's what I did...

Impossibly Easy Appetizers

  • 24 "CLub Cracker" Brand Crackers
  • 24 heaping tsp Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 24 slices of Thin cut BACON
  • HELPFUL BUT NOT NECESSARY ITEMS TO HAVE - Cookie style baking sheet with a lip around edge
  • Wire Rack that fits within the Cookie Sheet to keep bacon above drippings
  • Aluminum Foil to make clean up Easy
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare your baking sheet - Line with Aluminum Foil including the lip so that the drippings will not get to the pan (Easy Clean Up!)
  2. Arrange wire rack on top of the foil, being careful not to puncture the foil. HINT: If you do not have a wire rack, simply add a second layer of aluminum foil but crinkle it up first and then pull back tight so the sheet has wrinkles that the bacon can bake and the drippings can drip.
  3. Work in stages, lay out all of the crackers, add a tsp of cheese on each.
  4. wrap 1 piece of bacon around each cracker. These work best if you wrap all around, any place that has cheese, especially being careful to over wrap the edges slightly. Like wrapping a Mummy, nothing of the cracker should show.
  5. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (really, only 200)
  6. Bake uncovered for 1 Hour 45 minutes... Check to be sure the bacon is done to a crispy texture. If not, continue to bake checking texture every 15 minutes.
  7. Can be served room temperature or best when served warm... And ENJOY!

So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Appetizers Recipes"!!!

From Dips and Salsas to everyone's favorite, Deviled Eggs; Appetizers will set the mood for something special. And make enough different ones and you have a Tapas Meal!

Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...


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