Since this is a holiday season that is a whirlwind of parties, gift giving, and food—I’d thought I focus on the food today.
I am certain everyone has a favorite T.V. chef. You may not admit to it, but I know you have watched “Iron Chef,” “Chopped,” “Emeril” or “Cake Boss”. I often go online and search Food Network, America’s Test Kitchen, Pinterest, etc. for an inspiration for the dinner menu. Last week I was watching a popular country cook’s network show. I watch her show several times a week while I’m getting ready to go to the gym. I find with her recipes, it’s hit and miss. I rate them A+ or ‘never will I make this again’—there is never any middle ground.
I thought I’d share a “Bacon Appetizer” that this chef said was popular in the 1980s. I am taking these appetizers to my brother’s Christmas Eve party tonight. I hope that these will be appetizers will be a hit.
I purchased a Nordic ware cookie sheet with a rack (on sale at Smart & Final). I also did not skimp on the ingredients, purchasing name-brand labels to give the recipe its best chance for success.
Cooking time: 2 hours Temperature: 250 degrees
1 box of Club Crackers (I used 1.5 sleeves)
1 lb. of thin sliced bacon
1 container of Parmesan Cheese (the type in the green container near the spaghetti sauce)
1 box of light brown sugar
While the oven preheats, separate the crackers and place on the cooking sheet rack.
These are two types of appetizers. Half are savory (Parmesan cheese); half are sweet (brown sugar).
With a teaspoon (use a measuring spoon), top the crackers.
Now take your pound of bacon cut the slab in ½. The recipe says wrap one ½ slice of bacon over each cracker. *I found this to be too much bacon*. I did make six this way and then cut the slab into quarters. My finished product was more of a blanket rather than a complete wrap around a cracker.
By adjusting the amount of bacon, by appetizers did cook in 2 hours. The six crackers with the ½ slice too almost 30 minutes longer to brown the bacon. *30 minutes may not seem like a great deal of time. However, when you have a time crunch, it is a very big deal.
My husband liked the cracker lesser amount of bacon. He liked both the savory and sweet.
I did not like the appetizers. However, I found the sweet more palatable. Overall, I found the bacon appetizers dry and rather tasteless.
What did the party guests say?
Twenty-five guest (including children) loved the appetizers.
Which goes to prove why I am a novelist and not a chef for the masses :-).
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