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8/23/13

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños with cream cheese + pineapple

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños with cream cheese + pineapple

This weekend I entered a Tapas competition coordinated by a group of Portland food bloggers and my local Whole Foods Market. I didn’t have as much time to prepare as I would have liked, and ended up whipping together a fairly untraditional but scrumptious appetizer. I didn’t win the competition, but the dish I brought was still a winner – and definitely one we’ll be making at our next party.

These stuffed jalapenos really catch hold of all your senses – sweet, savory and bacon. I sorta felt like bacon deserved its own category here. Let me know if you disagree. And without the seeds, these appetizers aren’t spicy per say, but they deliver some serious heat!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños with cream cheese + pineappleBacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños with cream cheese + pineapple

So if you’re looking for an easy appetizer to feed a crowd, add this one to your list. And speaking of lists – a special shout out to the bloggers who attended (and the AHmazing dishes they brought!): 

I love food bloggers. Almost as much as I love tapas.

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7/17/13

Spicy BLT Bites

spicy BLT bites

B. L. & T. Three simple letters that pack so much punch.

And as if the taste of crunchy bacon, fresh butter lettuce and heirloom tomatoes isn’t perfect enough in sandwich form, everyone knows that BLTs are simply more delicious in bite-sized form. It’s just a fact.

My step mother makes a bite-sized BLT that is arguably one of the best appetizers you will ever have. And I didn’t even ask if I could publish her family-famous recipe (surprise Joanie! Love you!).

Spicy BLT Bites

The secret to these open-faced BLT appetizers is a spicy kick from homemade Sriracha mayo. The Thai chili sauce adds an unfamiliar but oh-so-perfect flavor to the traditional sandwich flavor. [Note: Not familiar with Sriracha? Pick up a bottle – most grocery stores now carry it. It will become a new household staple!]  Continue reading

4/24/13

Bacon Caramels

Here’s my new rule:

Food blogging is not allowed while I’m hungry. Like, for instance, when I think I’m too busy to eat lunch but not too busy to make batches of homemade caramel. Topped with crispy bacon.

Um, yes. This is a true story.

bacon caramels

The problem isn’t so much the crazy combinations…. because, surprisingly, they normal work out well. The problem is that I’m left with things like, platters of bacon-covered caramel. All to myself. These are honestly the perfect combination of sweet and savory, and they’re semi-addicting.

So help a girl out… make some bacon caramels for yourself. I promise you won’t regret it. 

bacon caramels
 
bacon caramels

Bacon Caramels

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Ingredients
10 strips of bacon
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon strips on sheet. Bake for around 25 minutes, until bacon is crispy. Move bacon to paper towel-lined plate to cool and absorb oil.
Add sugar, water, and corn syrup to a medium sized pot over medium-high heat. Let mixture bubble and stir occasionally. Sugar will begin to caramelize and mixture will turn amber. Use a candy thermometer to monitor. It will take a while, but when it reaches 320 degrees and is golden brown in color, slowly whisk in cream, butter and vanilla. When caramel reaches 243 degrees, remove from heat and pour into lined baking sheet. Cool for 15 minutes, and add bacon strips. Cool in refrigerator for at least an hour.
When caramel is hardened, remove from refrigerator and turn baking sheet upside down to remove caramel. Slowly peel off parchment paper, and cut caramel into desired sizes. Serve as is, or wrap individually in extra parchment paper to preserve. Store in refrigerator.

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