Hi all! I just got back from four amazing days at Camp Mighty, in glorious Palm Springs.
It was an experience unlike any I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to share it all with you over the coming weeks.
But first – bacon.
I consider myself an accomplished cook, with pretty sophisticated taste. And I take pride in serving thoughtful and delicious food to my family and friends.
But when it comes to bacon I go weak in the knees. And I’ve found, over my years of entertaining, that while people appreciate the effort that goes into the more fussy, complicated dishes, what they love is food that just tastes good.
And bacon? It just tastes good.
Which is why these breadsticks have been a party staple in my home for over 20 years. They’re a little different and absolutely addictive. They are always the first to disappear from the table (with many guilty, sidelong looks), and the ones that are asked about the next day. Without fail. Best of all, you can assemble the breadsticks a few hours ahead of time, making them a perfect party dish.
Try to use the best quality bacon you can find, as it’s the star ingredient, and then step back and watch your guests bypass the fancy cheeses and dainty crostini – while making a beeline for the bacon.
Gets ‘em every time.
How about you? What are some guilty pleasures that you like to serve up (and eat)? Please share!
adapted from Gourmet
1 lb. best quality bacon
Plain grissini (long, thin breadsticks)
1/3 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
3 T. chili powder
Let bacon stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Arrange bread sticks on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Stir sugar and chili powder together on a plate, breaking up any lumps with a fork.
Working with one piece at a time, gently press each slice of bacon into the sugar mixture, coating both sides. Wrap the bacon in a spiral around the grissini; return to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bacon and grissini (this can be done up to 4 hours in advance; loosely cover the breadsticks and refrigerate).
Place 4 breadsticks at a time on a paper plate lined with a double layer of paper towels. Cover with another double layer of paper towels and cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
Do not remove from plate until completely cooled. Repeat with remaining breadsticks.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Donuts, Dresses and Dirt