Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Bacon Bowties" (Holiday Bacon Appetizer)

'Tis the season... for a lot of holiday work potlucks and luncheons. My department consists of close to 40 associates, and there is 1 thing we all have in common- We love to eat. The potlucks, luncheons, and snack days increase in frequency as the holidays approach. For this particular Holiday snack day, I went for this classic pleaser. And with only 3 ingredients, it's easy and affordable. Keep in mind that these need to bake for 2 hours, so schedule wisely. I assure you they are worth the wait. Perfect for game day, parties, or as holiday appetizers, these will aim to please all your guests.

Edited on 12/30/09: I gave this recipe to my co-worker Sharon- her family raved about it. Score! Her boyfriend Rob came up with a more creative name for this recipe: Since the bacon tends to "shrivel" the cracker in the middle, the appetizer resembles a bowtie- thus came the (more appropriate title) "Bacon Bowties". Thanks to Rob for naming this!

Ingredients:
Club Crackers
Bacon (regular, not thick-sliced)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Optional alternative: Brown sugar (in replacement of Parmesan cheese)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
2. On a baking sheet fitted with a rack, lay crackers (as many as you want) face up.
3. Scoop about 1 tsp of Parmesan cheese onto each cracker.


4. Cut your package of bacon in half and- carefully so the cheese doesn't fall off- wrap each cheese-covered cracker with a halved bacon slice, completely covering the cracker. (It should fit snugly around the cracker.)


5. Bake for about 2 hours. (I like my bacon somewhat crispy, so I baked mine for 2 hours and 10 minutes.)



Yield: 37 snacks (1# of bacon, halved, yielded 37 pieces; Used 3/4 sleeve of Club Crackers)

Source: Pioneer Woman

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