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Candied Whiskey Bacon Grilled Cheese Dippers are the PERFECT appetizer recipe for New Years Eve.
Can you believe we are already talking about New Year Eve? What to wear, where to go, and most importantly WHAT TO EAT!! I always get pretty sentimental around January 1st…thinking about all that has happened in the last 12 months and thinking ahead to new year. The countdown to midnight is on, and 2016 will be here before we know it. Time to eat lots and lots of great food before we all pretend to make New Years resolutions!
Our family has lots and lots of food related traditions (Simply Sated is my MOM after all!), and one of my favorites is appetizers on NYE. Growing up we would have all the best dips, appetizers, and starters to snack on as we counted down the hours until each new year. My mom would make recipes such as Bacon Wrapped Crackers, Bacon Covered Water Chestnuts, and of course, lots of dips like BBQ Chicken Dip (with bacon). Are you sensing a couple themes here? APPETIZERS and BACON.
Bacon is great for all kinds of things (especially breakfast, BLT SKILLET FRITTATA), but my favorite pairing is for appetizers. It’s delicious chopped and thrown into dips, on its own, or wrapped around anything and everything. The bacon in these Candied Whiskey Bacon Grilled Cheese Dippers is the perfect complement to all that CHEESE. It’s my absolute favorite appetizer for New Years Eve (or anytime!)
If there’s bacon on the holiday menu, you know it’s Wright Brand Bacon. The super thick, super juicy strips of bacon that immediately make you think of home. Wright Brand Bacon believes in doing things the WRIGHT way. They never cut corners; hand selecting, trimming, and smoking their bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?
If you’re like us, I’m sure bacon recipes are at the heart of your holiday cooking! I’d love to hear about your favorite New Year Eve BACON inspired recipes! I’ve still got a lot of cooking to do before 12/31, and I would love to add some of your traditions to the menu. Be sure to click HERE to find out more about Wright Brand Bacon and find retailers near you!
Happy New Year!
20 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 8 strips of Wright Brand Bacon
- 1 cup whiskey or bourbon
- 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 slices of your favorite bread, with the crust cut off
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
- tomato soup for dipping
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- While oven is heating, mix together your whiskey with 1 cup brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Place each strip of bacon directly on a baking sheet, allowing a bit of space between strips. HERE is an AWESOME video about oven baking bacon + tips!)
- Brush the bacon with the whiskey reduction and then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar.
- Place bacon in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, checking after 12 minutes. Ovens vary, so you want to make sure they don't burn. Mine took the full 20 minutes.
- Take bacon out of the oven and allow to sit on a paper towel to cool/drain.
- When ready to make your grilled cheese, heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Sprinkle each buttered side with a pinch of garlic powder.
- Place each slice of bread onto the hot skillet, butter side down. Add one slice of cheddar and one slice of mozzarella to each slice of bread and allow to melt while bread toasts. Cook each slice of bread for approximately 2 minutes, or until the outside is fully toasted and browned to your liking.
- Place two slices of bacon onto 4 pieces of the bread, side by side. Top with the remaining for slices of bread, 4 cheesy sandwiches. Sprinkle each hot sandwich with a little shredded cheddar (optional)
- Cut each sandwich in half, between the bacon, to create 8 dippers.