One of my favorite things about bacon is it’s versatility. One of my favorite things about my friends is their creativity and general enthusiasm for parties with ridiculous themes. I decided to combine the two and create an event simply titled: Bacon Bourbon Fest. The only requirement for guests was to bring an item involving either bacon or bourbon. The results were heavenly.
Caramel bacon chocolate marshmallow whiskey bark. See picture above. As civilized adults, we began by cutting pieces of bark with a knife. That lasted about 2.5 seconds before we began digging in with forks and finger, shoveling the gooey, incredible bark into our mouths.
Bacon wrapped Ikea meatballs. The best thing about going to Ikea is, well, everything. However, the most delicious thing about Ikea is the meatballs. One guest wrapped these bad boys in bacon, turning what was already enticing into something incredible.
Bacon wrapped scallops. Ron Swanson once described bacon-wrapped shrimp by saying, “That’s my number one favorite food wrapped around my number three favorite food.” and while I respect his love of shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops are far better.
Homemade pita chips cooked in bacon fat. Probably one of the best items at the party. The pita chips had just a hint of bacon to them. It didn’t take long before guests began dipping the pita chips in the bark, simultaneously causing all of their organs to shut down.
Vanilla bourbon cupcakes with a bacon surprise. The best kind of bacon is surprise bacon! These cupcakes looked like regular old vanilla cupcakes, however they had a bacon center. Incredible. Just incredible.
Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are the classic Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe with a twist. First, you cook up candied bacon (which is incredibly easy!) then add the bacon pieces to the cookie dough and bake. Simple and delectable. You can find the recipe here.
- Suzie Robb