As a general rule I would never make this snack day in its entirety again. And that is because for the 5 recipes that I made, I used 1.5lbs of bacon... It was a little bit too much. Some of what I made I didn't like and will show pictures of, but don't feel the necessity to type out recipes for. Somethings just didn't work.
|Fun fact: Apple slices wrapped in bacon will explode long before the bacon is finished.|
Blue-Cheese Stuffed Dates... Wrapped in Bacon
Remember last week as I used delicious blue cheese stuffed olives? Well blue cheese is delicious and not limited to stuffing only a single item. This time I did the stuffing myself. I thought that this might seem like a daunting task for those less familiar with cooking so I thought ahead and actually took some pictures of the process as well.
All you need is a knife, a chopping block and your ingredients.
Pitted Dates--I had about 2 dozen
Blue Cheese--you can use part of a block, but I used about half of a container of the crumbled stuff
Pecans, about half a cup chopped coarsely
Bacon--about half a package with slices cut into thirds.
Preheat oven to 375F
Mix your blue cheese and chopped up pecans. I sort of mushed them together with a fork.
|I actually mixed about twice as much as I needed... have to find something delicious for leftovers|
|Try not to eat delicious dates.|
Fill the date with a pinch of blue cheese mixture and close up... Because they're sticky they stay closed on their own and don't really need a tooth pick or anything.
Place the dates on a jelly roll pan or in a baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes (approximately) flip and bake another 5 minutes.
While not the most colorful and attractive appetizer, these are one of the most delicious things I've ever made. They are sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy in just the right proportion. Plus they're easy and seem fancier than they are.
This was really tasty and just ridiculously easy to make. Nathan (my husband) really liked them and I think they are a terrific "man food".
Sesame Breadsticks (I found them with the fancy crackers)
Bacon cut in half
Pre-heat oven to 400F
Wrap each bread stick with bacon. Place on a baking sheet with sides. Bake10 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 minutes.
Place on paper towel lined plate and let cool. If you eat them right out of the oven they are soggy.
Eat plain or dip in some spicy mustard.
I also made some bacon wrapped water chestnuts which I didn't particularly care for (Nathan ate the whole thing), bacon wrapped shrimp, and bacon wrapped scallops.
I wouldn't make any of them again (didn't like the scallops at all... not sure if it was me or the scallops or the cooking method) so I'm not going to take the time to share the recipes (in brief, wrap with bacon, bake). I'll post a link to the water chestnut recipe in case anyone thinks that sounds appealing.
|Nathan with bacon-wrapped feast|
bacon wrapped water chestnuts