Thursday, March 15, 2012
My aunt is a rockstar caterer in Oklahoma and during a recent conversation, she let me in on one of her appetizer favorites: Bacon Wrapped Smokies. Bacon is the 'in' thing right now and basically you can put it on anything and it's good...but put this trio of ingredients together and you have appetizer heaven!
Smokies - the cute little smoked sausages you normally wrap up in crescent rolls to make Pigs in a Blanket with for your kids. Take them, wrap them in 1/3 of a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Easy! (Wrap your cookie sheet in foil or you'll kick yourself for days).
Next, after you have a cookie sheet of delicious pork wrapped pork, sprinkle each one with brown sugar. I used about 1/3 of a cup. Ooooooh boy is this good.
Now bake these little sensations for 18-ish minutes at 325 and give them a flip half way through so each side gets the brown sugary goodness to carmelize.
Eat. Eat. Eat!
So good - we won't talk about calories. Just eat them.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping host a baby shower for one of my dear friends. I was tasked with two things: deviled eggs (which I LOVE to make) and the cake (which I am SCARED to make). It had to be perfect and I was nervous that my cake would taste delicious, but look rather home spun and pathetic. I agonized, researched and contemplated what sort of cake to bake, and then settled on something completely non-traditional and extremely fun. A rice krispy cake!
I made four batches of rice krispy treats and put two batches in two different sized spring-form pans. The decorations were white chocolate dipped strawberries (with a twinge of food coloring to make them pink) and some pink and brown satin ribbon to tie in the theme of the invitation.
It received rave reviews and was a hit! Something fun to consider the next time you are perplexed with a creative cake dilemma.
Have a great afternoon!