While we're on the subject of bacon (along with everyone else it seems), a friend emailed me with a delicious blast-from-the-past yesterday and it seemed like the perfect time to share it with all of you...
The following is a recipe we've enjoyed at this friend's house over the years - in fact, these lip-smacking sticks are probably why we were always among the first to arrive at her gatherings! They're the kind of cocktail nibble that disappears fast and will keep people talking long after the party is over. And they're just about as easy as can be. So break out the bacon (again) people, 'cause you're gonna want to make these little beauties tonight!
Karen's Bitchin' Bacon Breadsticks*
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wrap thinly sliced bacon around grissini (those long, skinny, crunchy Italian breadsticks).
3. Combine 1/3 cup dark brown sugar and 3 tablespoons chili powder in a long, shallow dish. Roll bacon-wrapped breadsticks in this sugar mixture.
4. Place breadsticks on a broiler pan 1/2 inch apart and bake for about 20 minutes. (Karen's note: "Careful - I noticed they tend to jump around in the oven as they cook!")
Enjoy (and make extra)!
*This is not the recipe's original name. I think Karen once told me that it came from the Sweet Potato Queens, but don't quote me on that. - C&S