Football Big Game Appetizers

Football Big Game Appetizers

The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party.  This year we have compiled our favorite appetizers and party foods!  Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of these amazing Appetizers. The recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.

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Bacon Sundae

Bacon Sundae

Over the last week I have seen a few ads for the bacon sundae at Denny’s.  I looked at it and it seemed like a good idea. However, I wanted to take it over the top.  So I decided to make my own.  I fooled around with the basic concept and came up with the fact that the bacon needed to have a little sweetness.  Then I remembered my ultimate bacon recipe. A bacon sundae would be the perfect vessel for my ultimate bacon.   The Denny’s sundae had a maple sauce on it.  I knew I could make a maple sauce that would be perfect for this sundae.  I thought bacon on ice cream would be bad, but this was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. This is quite honestly my greatest creation ever!!

Bacon Sundae – (Makes 2)

  • Ultimate BaconSee recipe here
    • 6 slices Thick Cut Bacon- (Apple, Maple or any type will work)
    • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 tbs Grade A Maple Syrup
  • Maple Sauce
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup, grade A
    • 2 tbs butter, unsalted
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • pinch salt
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Hot Fudge – see recipe
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cherry

Ultimate Bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line up the bacon

Next line up the bacon side by side on a foil lined cookie sheet.  Try not to overlap the slices.

Maple syrup and brown sugar glaze

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and maple syrup.  This will form a paste.

Brush the bacon with the glaze

Next using a brush, glaze the bacon with the paste.

Place the bacon in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  Depending on the doneness that you desire.  Make sure to check the bacon throughout the cooking process to see if there are any hot spots in the oven.  You want all of the bacon slices to come out perfectly done, so you may have to rotate the pan.  My oven is not the best so I had to rotate my bacon a couple of times.

Crispy ultimate bacon

When the bacon is done you need to remove the bacon from the oven and then remove it from the pan.  Remove the bacon from the pan and place on a brown paper bag or on a cooling rack.  Since we cooked the bacon directly on the cookie sheet there will be a ton of oil and the bacon will not crisp up unless it is removed from the oil. Let the bacon cool on a rack or a brown paper bag for 1-2 minutes before eating.

On a side note – This bacon is amazing.  Besides sundaes, it is perfect for breakfast, BLT’s or even salads.

Maple Sauce

In a small pot over medium heat, add the maple syrup, salt and the butter.

Syrup and butter, the basis of maple sauce

Bring to a boil and then add the cream. Bring to a boil again and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Cook until it coats the back of a spoon

Cook until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.  Remove from the heat and pour into a heat resistant container. Refrigerate until ready.

Assembling the Sundae

In a bowl add two scoops of ice cream.

Coat with maple sauce

Break apart two strips of bacon and sprinkle over the ice cream.  Then top with the chocolate fudge and maple sauce.

Ultimate Bacon Sundae

Next top with the whipped cream and cherry. Garnish with one of the strips of ultimate bacon. Serve.

Bacon Sundae

This was the best sundae ever.  The salty and sweet bacon worked great with the ice cream and maple sauce.  The maple sauce was probably the best part.  Amazing!!

What to do in DC this weekend (May 8-10)

Every friday I try to compile a list of food related events to go to in the DC area.  This week is no exception.

Meet Bravo’s Top Chefs

Carla Hall and Spike Mendelsohn will be in Adams Morgan @ 18th Street and Wyoming Avenue with the Top Chef Tour.  They will have cooking demonstrations, autographs and you can purchase Top Chef Gear.   They will have three shows at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm.  Pre-registration is full but they will have tickets available at the event. This is first come, first serve, so be early.  I love Carla, if you guys go tell her hi for me!!!

Eat Where Obama Eats

Obama was spotted at Rays Hell Burger this week.  It is the new hot spot for burgers.  Check out my review of Rays Hell Burger.  The burgers are tasty, not too expensive, and the atmosphere is pretty cool.  Expect long lines.

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Sunday “Easter” Brunch

With the upcoming holiday weekend I wanted to post about what to do this weekend in Washington, DC.  But after realizing that it is Easter weekend, there is only one thing came to mind.  Sunday Brunch!!! and… Mimosas.

Sunday Brunch is a ritual for a lot of people, but where to go is always a chore.  I know that every single restaurant these days has brunch and it is hard to decide where to go.  I wanted to write up a list of great places that I have gone for brunch, to make your lives easier.  Plus, a lot of these places are not that well known and will allow you to call today for reservations. 

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