Monday, July 18, 2016

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Baked in an Oven or Grilled - 52 Appetizers

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I have a new grilling obsession.  Possibly the best appetizer...ever!

The pineapple comes out warm and far juicier than a fresh slice.   The flavor is intensified.  The bacon of course adds that Earthy meaty taste.  Everything is better with bacon!

They cook up very easy, simply wrap and heat until the bacon has reached a desired crispiness.  When the bacon looks done... they are done!

These are wonderful to serve up as appetizers for a back yard party.  I recently had a birthday party for a friend.  With a dozen guests, I started the meal with these appetizers.  Then I simply added a few more coals, spread them out over the already HOT and glowing coals.  The existing hot coals started  the new colas.  In about 5 minutes I had plenty of heat to grill hearts of romaine for the salad... that post will come tomorrow.

For today... Keep scrolling down for additional tips and the easy to follow recipe for these wonderful party appetizers!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

  • 12 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
  • 12 Pineapple Spears, 2-3 inches long
  • Toothpicks (Soaked in water to keep from burning
Cooking Directions
  1. To Grill...
    Set up your grill for indirect grilling, high heat.  That is, coals lumped together together on 1/3 of the grill, with none on the remaining side.
    This turns your grill into an oven when the lid is closed with hot air circulating around the pineapple spears.  This way the bacon drippings do not drip onto the coals, preventing flair ups and burnt bacon.
  2. To bake in an oven...
    Set oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with a baking screen so that the pineapple spears sit above the bottom of the pan.  This keeps the spears from sitting in the rendered bacon drippings as they cook
  3. Prepare the pineapple speasr.  Cut the top and bottom from a fresh pineapple.  Slice into 12 wedges (think pie slices).  Cut the hard center piece and discard.
  4. Wrap the bacon slices around the pineapple.  Overlap slightly on the bottom and secure the top with a toothpick.
  5. Arrange on the grill or on the baking sheet.  If grilling, be careful to not have any directly over the coals.  Remember, indirect heating only.  Open all vents fully for high heat, close the lid.
  6. Bake or grill for 20 minutes.  Check desired doneness of the bacon (crispy but not over cooked).  The spears are cooked through when the bacon is fully cooked.
  7. Serve 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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