Bacon Wrapped Anything Sounds Good To Me
My wife showed me how to make these delightful morsels of deliciousness over the weekend. She picked up the recipe on the internet but when I went to find one to work with, I found several different versions. They all look good and are basically the same but each has its own subtle differences.
Cooking the Bacon First - some recipes suggest fry the bacon "until brown but not crisp" and let it drain on paper towels. We did not. I find that brown bacon that sits on anything continues to cook and becomes crisp before your very eyes. It would be very difficult to wrap dried apricots with crisp bacon.
Brush with Maple Syrup - I found recipes saying brush with maple syrup before cooking, some said to brush after they come out of the oven. What did my wife do? She bought maple flavored bacon and skipped this step. If you can't find maple flavored bacon, I suggest you apply the maple syrup at the end. I wouldn't want it to burn in the hot oven.
Stuff the Apricots - there are lots of suggestions to butterfly the apricots and stuff with tasty ingredients like goat cheese, nuts or how about some jalapeno to spice it up. We kept it simple but I like the idea to try some crazy ingredients.
Bacon Wrapped Dried Apricots With Sage Recipe
- 24 small fresh sage leaves
- 24 large dried apricots
- 8 slices maple bacon cut crosswise into thirds
- Heat your oven to 375º F. and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Start by putting a single sage leaf on an apricot and wrap a piece of bacon around both. Place the bacon wrapped apricot on to the baking sheet seam-side down.
- Carefully bake on one side for about 8 minutes, flip and cook for another 7-8 minutes until the bacon starts to crisp. Don't let the bacon burn. Just like cooking bacon in a pan for breakfast, it will continue to cook when you remove it from the oven.
- Stick a toothpick into each piece and serve.
Sounds tasty! Although as a quant I am a little troubled by the math: 24 sage leaves + 24 apricots + 8 slices of bacon cut into thirds = 26 pieces? I am reminded of the waiter who added the date into the restaurant bill on the theory that time is money. 🙂
The Reluctant Gourmet
Bjorn, but 8 x 3 does = 24.
I agree completely. My issue was with "Yield: 26 pieces", which seemed to echo "Total Time: 26 minutes".
G. Stephen Jones
OK, thank for pointing that out.