Makin Bacon!

Theme: Tailgating

I personally have never been to a tailgating party before which is kind of funny considering I came from a family that loves their football and basketball. My brother played every sport he could and between my dad and him ESPN was always on in the house. For those of you who do not know what tailgating is, it’s social gathering where an informal meal is served from the back of a parked vehicle, typically in the parking lot of a sports stadium. So typically things you can grill or be easily transported. Over the years it seems that the food has become more elaborate.

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About 12 years ago I was invited to a cooking party where a bunch of food was served to feature cooking products. Kind of like a Pampered Chef party. One of the appetizers was a bacon wrapped mini sweet bell pepper stuffed with cream cheese. Sounds amazing right?! I immediately fell in love with them which is funny because I’m not a big fan of any kind of bell pepper, but bacon makes everything better. The sweet from the bell pepper, the creaminess from the cream cheese and the salty from the bacon works perfectly together. I make these little treats for get togethers all the time and have continued to pass this on to many people. They are easy to make and transport. And it doesn’t matter if they are hot or have cooled down (I prefer hot) they are delicious either way.

Ingredients:
1 bag mini sweet bell peppers (about 16)
3 oz. cream cheese
2/3 cup ricotta
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 package maple bacon, thin

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4. In a stand mixer add cream cheese, ricotta and garlic salt. Whip until light and fluffy.
5. Add mixture into a ziplock bag for piping.

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6. Make a vertical cut halfway down each pepper.

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7. Pipe cream cheese mixture into each pepper.

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8. Wrap a piece of bacon around each pepper. Place on parchment paper.

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9. Bake until bacon is slightly crispy.
10. Remove and let cool down before serving.

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