When it comes to party appetisers, pigs in a blanket are yesterday's news. If you really want to wow your guests, we have two words for you: bacon cups.
Make sure you have lunch before you check out home project weblog Not Martha's post on how to make these knock-your-socks-off bacon cups, because you will get hungry. The author experimented with different ways to weave mini bacon baskets together and plop them on the bottom of a foil-lined muffin tin to hold their shape in the oven.
She went through loads of bacon and tried several methods before landing on the perfect way to make two different sized baskets. The larger size is perfect for holding a lettuce and tomato salad, while the smaller version is perfect for bite-sized appetisers or finger food.
Making these little goodies is a bit more involved than just opening a bag of chips and dumping them in a bowl. Morgan, the post's author, cautions:
This all took three hours and my house filled with smoke, but it was worth it. Be sure to put a cookie sheet with a rim below the cooking bacon in the oven, there was a lot of dripping fat and I saw a few flames. Watch your oven carefully!
We love her idea of making tiny BLTs out of the cups. What else would make a good filling? Scrambled eggs? Diced toast? More bacon? Lets hear your ideas in the comments.
Bacon Cups [Not Martha]