Crispy Cheesy Pepper Bacon Bites–An Irresistible Tapas Treat!


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These flavorful little gems are easy to put together well in advance so you have extra time primping for your get-together. They go directly from the freezer to the oven and if you’re lucky enough (they’re irresistible and guests love to snatch them up), right to your entertaining table. They combine three of the most irresistible snack foods on earth: bread, cheese, and bacon.  Please be sure to let the bites sit for 5 or 10 minutes before serving; the cream cheese gets extremely hot.

Ingredients:

2, 8 ounce packages of cream cheese; room temperature

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced

1/2 cup scallions, sliced, white and green

20 slices soft white bread

1 1/2 pounds pepper bacon

Directions:

Mix together cheeses until smooth. Stir in peppers and scallions until evenly mixed; set aside. Trim crusts from slices of bread. Once bread is trimmed, spread slices with filling, covering completely. Roll bread up from the short side, pressing down just enough to make it stick to itself. Wrap a slice of bacon around each roll, overlapping the bacon to cover bread completely. If you need more than one bacon slice, tuck the end of the second bacon slice under the end of the first. Trim the bacon when you get to the top of the roll. Freeze wrapped rolls for 30 minutes to firm them up.

Preheat oven to 375° lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.

I use a Sil-Pat baking sheet (shown in photo)

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Slice rolls in thirds and place on baking sheet, cut side down. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (5 minutes longer if baking from frozen), until bacon is crisp and tops are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and place on a serving platter; let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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