With a Cherry on Top
January 29, 2009

I Can Tie My Tie All By Myself

Hey look! I'm a J.crew dress. Who knew my name would become popular enough to be used to name a fancy dress!?

Last night I hosted book club, and while I'm only supposed to provide drinks in that situation, I decided that I wanted to make something. I have a tendency to try out new (and sometimes questionable) recipes on the book club gals (gray dip, anyone?) and I wanted to make something really good to make up for the not so hot food from bookclub past.

What I'm about to type may sound like a weird combination. You may even think "Ew!", but I swear to you...the appetizers I made, maraschino cherries wrapped in bacon, are the best thing EVER. Salty, sweet, and bacony. Need I say more? The first time I had them was at a bachelorette party, and I ate an embarrassing amount. And last night, I witnessed people who didn't like cherries eating these things. They're THAT good!

Also, super easy to make. Take slices of bacon, cut in half or thirds (depending on the size of the cherries, but I found thirds worked most of the time). Wrap a piece of bacon around a cherry and secure with a toothpick. Place bacon wrapped cherries on a sheet tray, and broil for 5 to 10 minutes (you may want to check on them once or twice to make sure they don't get too done). They're best served warm, but are still very edible at room temperature.

Still skeptical? It's along the lines of bacon wrapped dates, but more cherry-er. And there's bacon! Just try it, I know you'll be pleasantly surprised. You can come back and thank me later.



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