I have a love of bacon. No, really. I love bacon. All salty and sweet and meaty. And that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Applegate, the makers of amazing natural and organic bacon. I’ve been known to skip a real dinner and head down with my husband to the local rum distillery to order a cocktail and plate full of bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. No joke. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen … almost often.
And at home, when we have guests, I often make little bacon appetizers. Why? Because everybody loves bacon. So I’ll take fresh jalapenos, split them down the middle and stuff them with a blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese and garlic, before wrapping them in bacon. Other times, I remove the pits from dates, all sticky and sweet, and stuff them with an almond or a bit of blue cheese before wrapping them in bacon, too.
Bacon, you see, is my thing.
Lately, I’ve been reading and taking inspiration from the gorgeous book: The Grain-Free Family Table by my friend Carrie Vitt who blogs at Deliciously Organic. And in there, what did she have but a recipe for Zingers: that is, apricot and pickled jalapeno wrapped in bacon.
Be still my heart!
Grain-Free Family Table
Carrie’s newest book is a beautiful celebration of simple, wholesome real food with recipes like Hot Bacon and Mushroom Dip, Coconut Crepes with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, Maple-Glazed Salmon and Creamy Chicken, Vegetable and Tomato Soup. This is simple, wholesome food. These are not complicated, pretentious recipes; rather, they simply celebrate what the family table should be: an opportunity to sit and eat a nourishing meal with the people closest to you.
|Jalapeno, Bacon and Apricot Zingers|| |
- 20 dried apricots
- 20 pickled jalapeño slices
- 7 bacon slices, cut into thirds
- 20 strong toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Using a paring knife, cut a slice horizontally down an apricot. Cut almost but not all the way through, so that it will open like a book. Place a jalapeño slice inside the apricot, wrap the apricot in a piece of the cut bacon, secure it with a toothpick, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the zingers and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the bacon is golden brown. Serve immediately.