Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Good Ideas: Bacon Toasties & Manchego Triangles

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What a cute name for an appetizer. Bacon Toasties.

I found this recipe in a Junior League cookbook and had to try it.
You can file this along with the mini hot dogs in the appetizer category.

Well, these are even better than piggies in a blanket, they have bacon.

Healthy eaters, look away.

Because you have to freeze them first, they make a great make ahead appetizer.
You bake them just before serving.

The guys LOVED these, as did the girls.

Bacon Toasties: makes a bunch

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup Hellman's REAL mayonnaise
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 strips of bacon, cooked, drained & crumbled
16 oz. package of cocktail rye, crusts removed (I used Pepperidge Farm white bread slices and cut them into triangles)



Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Spread about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture on each slice of bread and make sure you cover the entire slice.

Lay your slices on a baking sheet and freeze for about 3 hours (or overnight).

Remove from the freezer and slice the frozen bread into quarters or triangles.
You are now ready to either bake them, or put them back in the freezer for another time. I freeze them in ziploc bags until ready to bake them.

Place the frozen triangles on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes until bubbling.



These were delicious and the first thing to disappear off the Thanksgiving buffet.

Appetizer #2 was an easy cheese and bread combo. I found the idea on Serious Eats.
It was lite and effortless.

Take some brown bread (I used pumpernickel cocktail squares) and cut them in half on the diagonal to make triangles.

Cut good Spanish Manchego cheese also into triangles.



Spread a small amount of orange marmalade on the bread triangles, then top with a cheese triangle and a dab more of orange marmalade. Sprinkle toasted hazelnuts on top and a pinch of Hawaiian red salt (which is very tasty).



It doesn't get any easier!

12 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Both wonderful, delicious ideas. I think I spied those bacon toasties in a previous post and was hoping you'd give us the recipe.

doggybloggy said...

it does get easier - you make them and give them to me!

Kate said...

Yum. These would be great for one of those football weekends. Leave these for the guys and go shopping!

kat said...

Great looking appetizers! Those bacon toasties might make my new years eve menu, I love the fact you make them ahead of time & just cook them up when you need them

Bob said...

Bacon toasties would be a great band name. And they look awesome, too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm trying to detox and you're showing me bacon, mayo and cheese!
I love them both, but you got me with the toasted hazelnut, orange marmalade and red sea salt!

The Japanese Redneck said...

This looks very close to a recipe I've made before. But, I didn't have to freeze them.

Your's looks good.

Michele said...

I LOVE manchego!

Pam said...

These look amazing and so does your turkey pot pie down below.

Elra said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful Stacey.

THis manchego triangle is definitely a keeper. Good for a large crown and delicious.

Karen said...

Perfect for a do-ahead appetizer!

Nancy said...

These look heavenly. After being in Junior League for ten years, I have my fair share of Junior League cookbooks. This group tends to entertain quite a bit, so you can always find good recipes.

Thanks for sharing.