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9 Bacon-Inspired Foods For Father’s Day

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It’s that time of year again when we focus on that one special day, just for Dad. If your father is like most men I know, then he loves all things revolving around BACON! In today’s post, I’m sharing 9 Bacon-Inspired Foods For Father’s Day. Make one, or all of them, and let him decide which one is his favorite! If your children are older, they can certainly have a hand in creating these delicious and tasty recipes.

Therefore, let’s look at some finger-licking-good recipes with dad in mind!

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Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms Stuffed with Seasoned Cream Cheese

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 small clove finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 20 fresh Portabella mushrooms
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut bacon slices in half
  • Fresh parsley and/or cilantro

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Preheat grill to a medium heat, (temperature should be 325 degrees to 375 degrees F).
  • Mix together the cream cheese, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. (Do not warm the cream cheese.)
  • Rinse mushrooms and gently pat dry with paper towels, scrape out the mushroom caps.
  • Stuff the mushroom caps with the cheese mixture.
  • Wrap each mushroom cap with a half slice of bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick.*(Tip: soak toothpicks in water for 10 minutes to prevent them from burning.)
  • Place the mushroom caps on the hot grill, cheese side down first.
  • Cook until the bacon is golden brown and crispy and the cheese starts to drip.
  • With grilling tongs, turn mushrooms over.
  • Cook until the bacon is seared and crispy on this side too.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or cilantro leaves.
  • Serve hot.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place a wire cooling rack on top of the foil-lined baking sheet, place mushrooms (cream cheese side up) onto a rack.
  • Bake stuffed mushrooms for approximately 20 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and golden brown.
  • Place on serving platter.
  • Garnish, serve hot.



Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Chunks

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 bacon slices, cut in half
  • 24 pineapple chunks
  • Optional: brown sugar, sweet-n-sour sauce, or BBQ sauce

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat grill to medium heat, (temperature should be 325 degrees to 375 degrees F).
  • Brush grilling tray with oil.
  • Cut a fresh pineapple into bite-size chunks.
  • Cut bacon slices in half.
  • Optional: roll pineapple chunks in brown sugar, sweet-n-sour sauce, or BBQ sauce before wrapping with bacon.
  • Wrap pineapple chunks with bacon, secure with wooden grilling skewers.(Tip:  soak skewers in water for 10 minutes before grilling to prevent burning.)
  • Cook, turning every few minutes, or until bacon is cooked on all sides.
  • Place on serving plater.
  • Serve warm.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with lightly greased, non-stick aluminum foil.
  • Place bacon-wrapped pineapple chunks foil.
  • Bake, turning occasionally, cook until bacon is crispy, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve warm.



Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cheese

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 Large Medjool Dates, (non-pitted works best)
  • 2 – 3 ounces mild feta cheese or blue cheese crumbles
  • 8 slices of smoked, peppered bacon

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat grill to medium heat, (temperature should 325 – 375 degrees F).
  • Using a grill mop, brush grilling tray with oil.
  • With a sharp knife, carefully make a small incision on one side of each date, remove and discard pit.
  • Stuff each date with cheese, (do not over-stuff), gently squeeze each date shut.
  • Individually wrap each date with a half slice of bacon.
  • Secure with wooden toothpicks.
  • Cook until bacon is crisp on all sides, remove from heat.
  • Serve warm.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place dates on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Turn the dates over and continue baking for another 10 minutes, or until bacon is brown and crispy.
  • When bacon is crisp on all sides, remove from oven. Cool for a few minutes.
  • Place on serving tray.
  • Serve warm.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Prosciutto, or thinly cut bacon
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Seasoning salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat grill to medium-high heat, (temperature should be around 400 degrees).
  • Brush grilling tray with oil.
  • Rinse asparagus with cool water, blot dry with paper towels and cut 1/4 inch off the very bottom of the stems.
  • Lightly coat asparagus stalks with olive oil, a sprinkle of seasoning salt, and pepper.
  • Wrap each stalk of asparagus with a piece of Prosciutto or thin strip of bacon. (If asparagus is on the thinner-side, wrap several stalks together.)
  • Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, flip, then continue to cook another 5 to 8 minutes, or until Prosciutto is golden brown and crispy.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place wrapped asparagus on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, turn and bake another 8 – 10 minutes, or until Prosciutto is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, place on serving tray.
  • Serve hot.


 

Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Sweet Corn

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 fresh ears of corn-on-the-cob
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 slices bacon
  • Optional: Cajun seasoning, seasoning salt or Pico de Gallo seasoning.

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, (temperature should be around 400 degrees F).
  • Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil, place corn on it.
  • Drizzle melted butter over corn, roll corn to coat.
  • Sprinkle corn with salt and pepper, and Cajun seasoning (optional).
  • Wrap each ear of corn with one or two slices of bacon. (A big ear might need three pieces of bacon.)
  • Roast the corn until it is hot, (rotate the corn about every  10 minutes). Cook corn until the bacon is crisp and the corn is tender about 30 minutes.
  • Serve with additional butter.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place bacon-wrapped corn on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the corn is tender.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.
  • Serve with additional butter.

Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Small new potatoes or Fingerling potatoes
  • Seasoning salt or Mrs. Dash to taste
  • 1 – 2 pounds of sliced smoked bacon, cut in half

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat grill to medium-low heat, (temperature should be 325 degrees to 375 degrees F).
  • Wrap each potato with bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick.
  • Sprinkle with seasoning.
  • Place on grill, turning every 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Cook until bacon is crispy on all sides and potatoes are tender in the center.
  • Serve with ketchup and/or sour cream and a sprinkle of chives.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are done in the middle and the bacon is crispy.
  • Serve hot.



Bacon-Wrapped Mini Sausages

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16-ounce package mini sausages
  • 1 pound sliced smoked bacon, each strip cut into 3 pieces
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat grill to medium heat, (temperature should be 325 degrees to 375 degrees F).
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard and white pepper, set aside.
  • Wrap each sausage with bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick.
  • Cook sausages, turning occasionally until sausage is fully cooked and bacon is crispy.
  • Place sausages evenly into the bottom of an aluminum foil baking pan, (try not to stack sausages), sprinkle each sausage with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Cover pan with a piece of aluminum foil, place pan on the grill for 3 – 4 minutes, or until the brown sugar mixture begins to get sticky.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with foil.
  • Cut each bacon slice into 3 pieces.
  • Wrap each sausage with a bacon piece, overlap ends of bacon.
  • Secure with a toothpick and place on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle sausages with a mixture of brown sugar, mustard, and pepper.
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
  • Serve.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken strips
  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Italian seasoning, to taste
  • 1 pound sliced bacon

GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat grill to medium heat, (temperature should be 325 degrees to 375 degrees F).
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  • With a meat mallet, flatten each chicken strip, (just until each is chicken strip is flat enough to wrap around a mozzarella cheese stick).
  • Sprinkle each chicken strip with Italian seasoning, place mozzarella stick in the center, roll-up chicken around cheese.
  • Wrap each chicken strip with bacon, securing it with a wooden toothpick, if needed.
  • Using a meat thermometer, cook chicken until it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, the cheese starts to drip out and the bacon is crispy.
  • Remove from heat, serve hot.
  • Serve with Ketchup, Ranch dressing or your favorite BBQ sauce.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Follow the preparation instructions above.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, bake 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve.



Chocolate Covered Bacon with a Hint of Sea Salt

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 slices of bacon, cut thick is preferred
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp shortening
  • Sea salt, to taste

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Place bacon strips on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Line another baking sheet with layers of paper towels.
  • Place cooked bacon on paper towels (do not stack bacon), allow cooling.
  • Next, place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Place semi-sweet chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe mixing bowl.
  • Heat chocolate (in 30-second intervals), just until melted, whisk until completely creamy and smooth, allow to cool 3 minutes. *Read more about melting and tempering chocolate HERE!
  • Dip each bacon slice in the chocolate, (make sure it’s completely coated), shake off excess chocolate and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle sea salt over chocolate covered bacon strips.
  • Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened.
  • Place bacon on a serving tray, serve.

So, this Father’s Day put a smile on your Dad’s face and serve him a meal that’s overflowing with bacon and bacon!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

Linda

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