Our "Ugly Holiday Sweater Party was a huge success on Saturday! Everyone seemed to have a favorite part of the food served, but without question, everyone raved about the "Caramelized Bacon"! This is an amazing and outrageous hors d'oeuvre and from what I saw at my party, the most addictive! The bacon is sweet and spicy and perfect with cocktails!
This is one of those posts where I really wish I could give you all one of those little sample tastes in a thimble cup you get at a grocery store or Costco!
It is easy with very little prep time, so pop this one in your party line up!
adapted from Ina Garten
Makes 30-40 Hors D'oeuvres
This is an amazing and outrageous hors d'oeuvre and from what I saw at my "Ugly Holiday Sweater" party, the most addictive! The bacon is sweet and spicy and perfect with cocktails!
1 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 c. chopped pecans
1 T.+ 1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
4 T. pure maple syrup
1 lb thick- sliced applewood smoked bacon
Pre-heat the oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed pan with aluminum foil or use a Silpat.(this makes clean up much easier) If you have a wire rack that fits the pan put on top. If not it's fine to just put the bacon on the rimed pan.
Combine the brown sugar and pecans in the food processor and process until the pecans are finely ground. Add the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and pulse to combine. Add the maple syrup and pulse again to moisten the crumbs.
Cut the bacon strips in half crosswise and line up the pieces on the rack or pan without touching. With a small spoon, evenly spread the pecan mixture on top of each piece of bacon, using all of the mixture.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, really watch it at 25 minutes, until the topping is very browned but not burnt. If it is underbaked, the bacon won't crisp as it cools.
|I served in these fun wire vessels with a red and white paper liner, I found at Sur la Table. they are nice as they take up very little room and clean up is simply throwing away the paper!
While it is hot transfer to a plate or rack lined with paper towels and set aside to cool. Serve at room temperature.
~ i think if you diced these strips up they also would make a nice Mac and cheese topper or for that matter any cheesy casserolet!
All my draft food was finished plus I made some wonderful coffee cake muffins, that I gave as a parting gift, for our guests to enjoy in the morning with coffee or tea. This was taken morning of the party, you can see the items that were finished with the check mark.
Wee Bear setting up the bar for our bartender early in the day. Wee Bears tasks are complete set up of bar items, buying, staging etc. Also, music, lighting and fire features.............oh and clean up!
|Dessert Buffet set up came shortly after dinner. Dark Chocolate dipped Coconut macaroons, Pecan Pie bars with a salted caramel drizzle and White chocolate Mousse shooters with Pomegranate sauce and a Pomegranate seed garnish.
Let the party begin!
Our guests started to arrive at 6. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will cut to the chase!
|Our guests all voted for one female and one male ugly holiday sweater!
I gave each of the winners a bottle of wine dressed in a ugly sweater. The sweater wine covers are available at Sur la Table.