Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Appetizers for Easy Festive Fun!

I've been invited to a mommy-baby-Christmas party this year, and have volunteered to bring a couple of appetizers to get things started. A personal favorite are bacon-wrapped bread sticks, which are literally the easiest thing to make, ever. They're very literal. Bacon. Wrapped. Bread. Sticks.

Yep.

So-- here are the instructions, just in case you require additional details.

INGREDIENTS: 
1- package of breadsticks
The ones I'm using are the Alessi Breadsticks pictured at left, but that's just because those were the only ones available in our local grocery store. In truth, a slightly thicker breadstick actually works a little better...

1-package of good quality bacon (if you don't go in for pork, I'm pretty sure this could also be delicious with duck bacon!)
3/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
                                         3 Tablespoons for chili powder

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a platter, combine the brown sugar and chili powder, and mix thoroughly together. Set aside. Cut each slice of bacon in half lengthwise, and then wrap each piece around a breadstick. Roll each breadstick in the brown-sugar-chili-powder mixture.

Set up a long, rimmed cooking sheet (jelly roll pan) with a layer of foil, and then a cooling rack on top if you've got one. Place the breadsticks on the cooling rack, and then send into the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes, and then serve at room temperature. (If you don't have a cooling rack, not the end of the world. Just stick the bacon straight onto the foil and cook the same way.)

THAT'S IT FOLKS! Easy-breezy! SO GOOD! 

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