Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bacon Appetizers

These adorable little appetizers I made a few weeks ago for a baby shower. I found the recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs - The Pioneer Woman. The Pioneer Woman is incredibly witty and smart. She has some awesome recipes and I love her step by step guides and hearing her stories. These bacon appetizers just sounded so good and looked so cute.

So, I tried them! They call for very popular, yet basic ingredients. I mean, what could be more delicious than crackers, cheese, and bacon? And that's really all there is to these.

I set out to make these and found them to be quite a bit more time consuming than I predicted. Don't get me wrong, they were easy, but it took so long to wrap each piece of bacon around each piece of cracker. But hey, greatness does not always come easy, right?

You seriously should have smelled my house as these were cooking. My entire house smelled like bacon. They cook in the oven on low heat for about an hour and a half and they will permeate through your walls and into every room. If you live in an apartment and have close neighbors, you might just get a few knocks on your door from people wondering what's for dinner and if they're invited.

These little appetizers were really tasty, but I also must warn that they were seriously greasy! I guess that's what you should expect when you're cooking bacon. The crackers in the center shrivel and become gooey from grease. But I guess no one ever claimed these were healthy, so what else did I expect? After I had a few I decided these would be more fitting to be served to men watching some sort of sporting event. But oh well, the folks at the baby shower did enjoy them!

Bacon Appetizers
(from The Pioneer Woman)

Club crackers
Thin-sliced bacon
Grated Parmesan cheese

Optional Alternatives:
Brown sugar instead of Parmesan cheese

1. Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a cookie sheet.

2. Scoop about 1 tsp. of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker. Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and, carefully so the cheese doesn't fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker.

3. Place the bacon wrapped crackers onto a baking sheet that has a rack on it.

4. Place in a 250 degree F. oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours.

1 comment:

Jen said...

I made them last night for our church small group and everyone loved them. I put them on a rack on the cookie sheet and that helped with the grease. I served it with Dijon mustard and Gorganzola dressing to dip into. Yum