So just in time for New Years I’m bringing you a recipe that is a little indulgent. But since it’s the holidays I’m sure your not counting calories for another couple days anyhow 😉
I wanted this recipe to have a fun name so I call them Kevin Bacons. What they are is a mini smokie (or mini pepperoni) wrapped in bacon, baked with brown sugar and then finished in a maple and brown sugar glaze. I promise you these are a crowd pleaser. I made them at Christmas for a pre dinner appetizer and a double batch was almost all gone before the turkey was served.
– 1 pack mini smokies or mini pepperonis (I get the smokies from Costco and the pepperoni from Save On)
– 1 pack bacon
– 1 Cup brown sugar
– 1 Cup maple syrup
– 1 Tbs Dijon mustard or 1 tsp Sriracha (optional)
– Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or aluminum foil.
– Cut bacon into thirds. I cut mine straight in the pack as this helps it all hold together and not slide around while trying to cut it.
– Open pack of mini smokies or pepperoni.
– Wrap each mini smokie with a piece of bacon and skewer with toothpick then place on the baking sheet. Line them all up touching each other in neat little rows (see picture below)
– Once they are all wrapped take about 1/3 cup of the brown sugar and sprinkle it on top of them then lightly pat it down.
– Put tray into oven and turn on to 350F. These will take about 20-30 mins to cook (until the bacon gets crisp). Keep an eye on them as once they are done it won’t take long for the sugar to start to burn.
– Remove from oven when done and using a slotted spoon or slotted spatula transfer them into either a crock pot (if taking to a potluck) or a baking dish.
– In a bowl combine the remaining sugar (2/3 C), the maple syrup and your mustard or hot sauce and whisk together then pour over your smokies.
– If they are in a baking dish then pop them back in the oven for about 5-10 mins just to warm them back up. If you’ve put them in a crock pot then keep them on the lowest setting until they disappear, which shouldn’t take long.