I am a huge fan of simple yet delicious appetizers. Why fuss with twenty different ingredients and hours in the kitchen – there is no reason. Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best things in life.
We spent the Easter Holiday at my parent’s house with the entire family. It was a wonderful day filled with great company, much laughter and food that was simple with an abundance of flavor. My Mom tends to go the comfort food route, which always puts a smile on everyone’s face. With four nephews ranging from to 13 years, their level of interest varied from video games to being all about the foil wrapped chocolate eggs that decorated the dining room table.
My sister and I always assist with the festivities by bringing various dishes along with helping prepare the food. I created an extremely tasty Crostini that was a hit with the family and will be making again for a dinner party I am hosting on Saturday. It will be featured for next week’s Friday Night Bites. A little hint: Crispy Fried Prosciutto. Smile.
Speaking of Friday Night Bites, this week I wanted to share with you a simply divine appetizer that packs an immense punch of flavor. Typically you think of bacon wrapped dates or water chestnuts, but when bacon wrapped pineapple popped into my head, this was a must make. The addition of an Asian inspired dipping sauce just completed this uncomplicated appetizer. Enjoy!
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
Pineapple, 24 one inch chunks
Bacon – 24 three inch slices
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
You can use fresh or canned pineapple chunks. I prefer fresh. Pat dry with a paper towel and wrap with the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Use a large baking sheet pan with sides to place the bites one. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Turn the bites halfway during cooking process. Serve warm with the soy ginger dipping sauce.
Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
½ Cup Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, finely minced
2 Garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Add all the ingredients to a jar and top with a lid. Shake well to combine and let rest for at least one hour to have the flavors combine.