Well hey there neighbor!
How goes it? Are you back to work and back in the swing? Or are you, like me, enjoying a few more days of peace, quiet, wearing pajamas until almost noon, drinking coffee at a leisurely pace- before the calamity of school starts up again next week?
Whatever you’re up to on this glorious day, we’re all coming off the holiday highs of the weekend yet we’ve all got the same forecast ahead- New Year’s Eve.
Ah New Year’s Eve…a night of unrealistically high expectations for glamour and glitz that often boils down to half a bottle of prosecco, a bowl of popcorn, a few grilled filets, a dark chocolate truffle or four, and either my husband or myself falling asleep on the couch during Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza at around 11:06 p.m.
At some point in my college years, I stopped striving with New Year’s Eve and decided to embrace it for what it truly is: just another night! Sure, it’s when we flip that magical calendar page into a new year filled with new goals and hopes and possibilities. It’s most exciting, don’t get me wrong. But I find if I set my hopes too high for the evening, I’m just left with disappointment…
Therefore, I can set the bar low and just treat it like just another night…
BUT it’s just another night that just so happens to be celebrated with bubbly drinks and indulgent bites. I can buy in to that much of it.
And boy oh boy, do I have an indulgent though not incriminating bite to share with y’all today!
Let’s talk bacon for a moment.
Bacon is paleo. Bacon is gluten-free. Bacon is dairy-free. Bacon, in fact, makes everything better.
Yet bacon does have its time and its place.
Bacon on a burger? Yes ma’am.
Bacon on a wedge salad? Absotutely!
Bacon beside a stack of pancakes? Um, does a bear have hair?!
But I see how bacon is pushing boundaries these days…bacon donuts, bacon cupcakes, bacon cookies, and even bacon ice cream.
I’m sure these things are all fine and dandy, but I prefer to set some limits with this porky pleasure. There is too much of a good thing, after all.
So what about bacon wrapped around foods? The possibilities, in my opinion, could be endless- shrimp, jalapeños, lil’ smokies.
Why not a date?
No, I’m not asking you out to dinner.
I’m talking about the chewy, sweet, more sophisticated cousin of the raisin. Dates are actually in the palm family, and they’re nutritious staples I keep in my kitchen largely for snacking. A few nutition highlights include:
For me, they’re like natural little candies. Munch on one with a few dark chocolate almonds and I’m one happy lady…
Or, if you’re wanting an easy yet elegant (not to mention drool-worthy) appetizer, stuff them with a little goat cheese and wrap them in some bacon.
Bake those stuffed puppies at 425 for about 20 minutes and you will be amazed at what you get on the other side…a savory, sweet, smoky bite of heaven. Because there’s only 1/3 a slice of bacon on each, they really don’t get too greasy. I used a center cut bacon, too, so that helped these stay crispy on the outside while still tender under that cozy jacket of bacon.
Who doesn’t want to wear a jacket of bacon?
If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right….
Y’all, this appetizer couldn’t be easier, too! Cut open those dates, pull out the pit, replace it with a small slice or crumble of goat cheese, and wrap/skewer a piece of bacon around it. You could easily do this step a day ahead and then bake them off as your company/guests/ravenous pregnancy hunger arrives.
So this weekend, either at your fancy pants New Year’s Eve partay or while you’re sitting around in your road hazard orange watching the Music City Bowl cheering on the Volunteers one last time this year, these bacon-wrapped pieces of bliss will be a hit with whoever you have over.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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