Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bacon wrapped Smokies with Pineapple and Jalapenos

Did you know that the American football is called a "pig skin".  So of course I had to have an appetizer using little smokie sausages (they look just like footballs) to celebrate the Super Bowl. I have seen the bacon wrapped smokie recipe floating around for a while on various food sites like Kraft, Allrecipes etc... so I bookmarked in my brain to make them for a party.  

I decided I wanted to jazz the little cuties up a bit to represent my love of sweet and spicy food.  So I added a canned pineapple chunk and nice slice of jalapeno to make them beyond delicious.

I made a practice round today so I could try them out before the big game and  I can't tell you how excited I am to serve these in a few days to my guests.  Oh goodness there were almost "can't stop eating them" good.  They were also really easy to make because I had a little assembly line of the ingredients in front of me to make it go even faster. Before I knew it, I was just wrapping and rolling until I had a whole tray full of them to bake off.

I actually decided to make three versions of the appetizer so everyone one could have a choice of sweet, spicy or traditional.  I  made some that were smokie with bacon only (traditional), some with a smokie with pineapple (sweet) and finally a lot of the loaded smokie with pineapple and jalapeno (sweet and spicy).  They all were a hit, but my family (especially my son) loved that loaded ones. 

You will have the crowd cheering you on if you make these amazing appetizers for your game table. 

1 package of little sausages (smokies)
1 package sliced bacon
1 can pineapple chunks (optional)
2-3 jalapeno peppers sliced (optional)
brown sugar as needed

Gather all your ingredients.  Cut each slice of bacon into 1/3 (so you can wrap 3 smokies with each slices of bacon).  Place the smokie sausage, pineapple chunk and jalapeno slice on the bacon and roll the bacon around and secure with a toothpick.

Place on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper for easy clean up.)   

 Sprinkle each one with a good pinch of brown sugar.  Bake in a 425 degree oven (center of oven) for 17-22 minutes or until bacon becomes crispy.  Remove from tray and serve hot.  Enjoy.

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