Baconfest Michigan Recipe: Bacon Pops

The Rogue Estate's BBQ Bob and Street Eatzz's Chef Tom presented a cooking demo at the first Baconfest Michigan in the Royal Oak Farmer's Market on June 2, 2012. This is one of the dishes they prepared for the crowd. Your new favorite party appetizer: Bacon Pops, a riff on the popular cake pop concept, made with cheeses, plenty of bacon, herbs and nuts, rolled, chilled and conveniently served on a Popsicle stick for easy enjoyment. Ingredients: 10 slices of crisp cooked bacon 4 oz cream cheese 4 oz goat cheese 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, divided Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts Method: In a food processor finely mince the cooled bacon strips, 1 Tbsp of the chopped fresh basil, 1/4 cup of cooled toasted pine nuts and a twist of Everyday Seasoning. Place in a bowl and set aside, clean out your food processor. Next to go into the food processor is the cream cheese, goat cheese, 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh basil and a couple more twists of Everyday Seasoning. Blend well and remove from the processor. Roll cheese mixture into small balls about the size of your thumb nail. You should yield about 15-18. Place the cheese balls on a wax papered tray and pop them into the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up. Roll each cheese ball into the bacon mixture, pressing lightly if needed to cover well. Take a lollypop or Popsicle stick and stick it into the bacon covered cheese ball. Refrigerate to firm back up before serving. Garnish your serving platter with slices of Granny Smith apples or pears. Word to the wise ... Make them small (nickle-sized), because they are intensely rich! Did you get to see our cooking demo and try this awesome dish at Baconfest Michigan? How'd you like it? Let us know in the comments. - Chef Tom
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