While you’re preparing the breadsticks for this year’s Christmas dinner, twist a few slices of bacon in them and bend them into candy cane shapes. That’ll start a few fights over the bread basket this year.
Special thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jac o' lyn Murphy for helping us test this recipe.
- One package Pillsbury original breadsticks
- 1/2 Pound bacon
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Twist each raw breadstick with a slice of bacon. Brush with olive and bake for 20 minutes.
Calories Per Serving112
Folate equivalent (total)2µg1%
- cooking spray
- 2 pounds bacon, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 (3 ounce) packages thin breadsticks (such as Alessi®)
- 2 cups brown sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Wrap 1 bacon strip around each breadstick, leaving about 1 inch uncovered on each end. Place wrapped breadsticks on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over breadsticks.
Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crisp and browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool breadsticks on a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper sprayed with cooking spray.
We tried TikTok's viral 'twisted bacon' technique and we're never going back
Is there anything better than bacon? Probably not. But there is a way to make bacon even better than it already is.
Just ask TikToker Abby Durlewanger (aka @houseofketo). The keto food blogger's passion for bacon is helping others achieve their dreams of heaping plates of crispy cured pork.
In a video about her "twisted bacon" cooking technique, Durlewanger shares the perfect way to cook an entire package of bacon on a single baking sheet.
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"All you do is take a slice of bacon, and you just start twirling it," she says in the clip. "You're twisting it. You can make it tight or loose."
For chewier bacon, Durlewanger suggests looser twirls. For a crispier bite, twist the bacon tightly.
Durlewanger said she's lost 130 pounds during the last five years of following a ketogenic diet — and bacon has been one of her secret weapons.
"Bacon is beautiful," she told me. "It can be a main protein, not always a topping or accessory we wrap our food in. It's also such a great protein option for people doing keto because it has a great ratio of protein to fat leaving us more satiated gram for gram."
Durlewanger discovered the technique a few years ago, when she volunteered to bring bacon to a party at her gym.
"I had so much to make and it was taking forever," she explained. "I overcrowded the pan and started twisting them to fit more and they cooked perfectly and looked so fun."
"I think it works well because you can cook the entire pack on the sheet pan and don't have to worry about it overlapping," she continued. "It also helps to get just the perfect amount of crunch with slight chewiness to make the perfect bacon."
Since her hack went viral on social media, Durlewanger has seen people use the twisted pieces of bacon as garnishes in bloody marys and as accents on charcuterie boards. In her home, where her husband, children and dogs all follow a keto diet, bacon is most often eaten as a snack, on salads and wraps or as the main protein at dinner.
I tried Durlewanger's bacon hack at home, following her instructions exactly, right down to seasoning part of the twists with everything bagel seasoning and using a favorite jalapeño and red chili seasoning on the other half.
After twisting a pound of bacon and letting it hang out in my oven on 400 F for about 40 minutes, I was rewarded with bacon perfection. Each slice was browned, crispy and ready for snacking.
Durlewanger recommends a low-sodium bacon that doesn't list sugar in the ingredients, and if you're seasoning your bacon, she recommends getting a bit adventurous with it.
"The sky is the limit with your seasoning flavors," she said. "We're from Maryland, so we love a good Old Bay bacon. We've made lemon-pepper bacon, chili-cayenne bacon, garlic-herb bacon, jalapeño bacon and so many other wonderful combinations. I believe bacon is meat also, so we season it the same we would any other meat."
I have probably had this recipe in my recipe box for 12 years & have never tried it.
I was invited to a cocktail party and asked to bring an hors d'oeuvre, so bacon wrapped grissini it is.
I experimented with making these a few different ways. The first time I baked them on cookie sheets, but found they burned on the bottom and also the breadstick part broke during the baking process.
The 2nd time I baked them, I perfected the recipe by breaking the grissini in half and wrapping them with only a half slice of bacon instead of a whole slice. They were much easier to eat in the smaller size. I also baked them on a baking rack, so the bacon grease could drip onto the cookie sheet.
If you like bacon, then these are for you, and who doesn't like bacon?
Grissini are thin Italian breadsticks. I used the rosemary flavored ones, but I don't see why you couldn't use regular, thicker breadsticks, they would just be heavier.
Bacon Wrapped Grissini:
package of sliced bacon, (I used Smithfield hickory smoked), slices cut in half
1/3 cup of light brown sugar
3 tbsp of good chili powder (should have cumin, salt in the chili blend)
box of Italian Grissini (long skinny breadsticks) broken in half
Mix your light brown sugar w/ your chili powder in a long bowl, large enough to be able to roll the breadsticks. Press out lumps with back of spoon.
Starting at the top of your grissini half, roll your half slice of bacon around the grissini, leaving enough room at the end of the breadstick to have a handle.
Dip and roll each bacon wrapped stick in your sugar mixture until coated.
Lay coated breadsticks across a rack on top of a cookie sheet with sides, so the bacon grease drips out.
Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool on the rack for 20 minutes. As they cool, the sugar will caramelize and the sticks will harden.
The addition of crispy smoked bacon to these simple breadsticks takes them to a whole new level, making them perfect to serve warm with a bowl of soup, or to pack up as part of a packed lunch or picnic. Alyn Williams' recipe is a perfect addition to any baking repertoire.
- 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon
- 135g of strong plain flour
- 4g of salt
- 4g of sugar
- 5g of Parmesan , grated
- 50ml of warm water
- 7g of dried yeast
- 30ml of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of milk, for brushing
Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook bacon according to package directions cool slightly and crumble or chop bacon. Set aside. Place tomatoes in a small bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover let stand for 5 minutes. Drain tomatoes, discarding the liquid. Finely chop tomatoes. Set aside.
In a medium bowl stir together flours, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Stir in green onion tops. Using a pastry blender, cut in vegetable oil spread and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in crumbled bacon and chopped tomatoes. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add milk all at once stir just until dough clings together.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by folding and gently pressing dough for four to six strokes or until nearly smooth. Roll dough into an 8-inch square. Cut into 1-inch-wide strips cut each strip in half crosswise. If desired, twist each strip.
Place strips 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve warm.
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What I love about this Recipe:
They&rsquore just plain fun, never boring &ndash the twists and turns of bacon and breadsticks. Sometimes you just want something that not only tastes great but is fun on the platter. These appetizers are much more entertaining than a dull tray of raw veggies and ranch dressing.
The bread dough is versatile. With the same dough, you can cut it in strips and whip up these breadsticks or you can add your favorite toppings and make some pizzas.
Once the dough is rolled out, these appetizers are super easy to pull together. Basically, lay a strip of dough down, lay a strip of bacon on top, twist, and roll in shredded cheese. It&rsquos that simple.
These Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks are the quintessential party appetizer. You can either serve them piping hot straight out of the oven or sitting out at room temperature. Anything to make your job as a party planner easier is what you should go for.
Start with a pizza dough that is both crispy and chewy.
The foundation of this recipe is the pizza dough and I have the best one for you right here. The dough takes a little bit of time to knead, rise and roll out. But let me tell, it&rsquos all worth it in the end.
With this same dough, you can make two gourmet pizzas that are to die for &ndash Chicken with Raspberry Jalapeño sauce (dang it&rsquos good) and a Mediterranean pizza with Lamb Meatballs and Pesto Sauce (makes my mouth water just thinking about it!).
Rolling out the Dough for these Breadsticks
Take one of the balls of pizza dough from the recipe above and roll it out in an oval/rectangle shape onto a lightly floured surface. A pizza cutter works great when cutting this dough into strips. If you&rsquore in a pinch, you can use a refrigerated can of breadsticks.
Twist (and Shout)
Once you&rsquove rolled out the dough cut it into 12 long strips. Lay a piece of bacon on top of each strip then &ldquotwist and shout &hellip work it on out&rdquo (that&rsquos a song in case any of you are too young). Okay, well just twist. Twist in opposite directions from both ends until you get a nice candy-cane look. You want the bacon and the dough to basically be the same length when starting. By whatever means you want to achieve this, either by pulling the bacon longer or scrunching the dough shorter.
What type of bacon is best for these Cheesy Breadsticks?
When picking out the type of bacon you want to use, go for the thick center-cut bacon. Thick &ndash why would you wrap it in bacon if you can&rsquot taste the bacon, right? And center cut, because it&rsquos meatier with less fat, therefore it doesn&rsquot shrink up near as much.
Brush the breadsticks with butter
In order for the shredded cheese to stick well to the bacon-wrapped breadsticks, you&rsquoll want to brush them with melted butter. This is another added benefit to this recipe. Okay, so it&rsquos not the healthiest one you can make, but who&rsquos counting calories when watching the Super Bowl? Brush on the butter, then roll them in the shredded cheese. It&rsquos that simple.
Roll the breadsticks in shredded cheese
This is the cheesy aspect of these amazing appetizers! I thought I had parmesan in the fridge when I was making these but it ended up I only had smoked gouda. Which BTW turned out to be spectacular. In reality, you can use whatever type of cheese you want. I just would stay away from the soft type cheeses. I think Gouda is considered a semi-soft cheese, but it worked for me. Next time I&rsquoll probably go with parmesan. But hey, play around with whatever you like.
Use a wire rack over a cookie sheet
I used a cookie sheet with a wire rack on top so that they would cook evenly on all sides. I should have used foil or parchment paper under the rack, but of course, I didn&rsquot because I want a good photo. It was quite the cheesy crusty mess to scrape off the pan. So you may want to learn from my mistake.
In the oven and out in about 30 minutes.
These little beauties went in a 400°F oven for about 25-30 minutes. What you&rsquore looking for is a nice golden brown crust, bacon that is crispy and cheese that is not burnt. You&rsquoll notice in the pictures the bacon still shrunk up a bit but it&rsquos okay because I still got bacon in every bite.
These Cheesy Breadsticks Wrapped in Bacon would not be complete without dunking them into your favorite marinara sauce. My recommendation, when serving at a party, would be to fill small plastic appetizer cups and let your guest have their own individual serving. This removes any possibility of &ldquodouble-dipping&rdquo which is a party no-no!
Bacon and bread belong together like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. There&rsquos a happiness that exists around the two of them when combined. I think you will find this to be one of the most tempting and comforting appetizers around. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
If you&rsquore looking for more appetizers to serve at your Super Bowl Party, check these out:
Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Cups
Mini Taco Wonton Appetizers
Chicken and Waffles with Peppadew Jam
Grilled Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Sieve the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Crumble in the yeast.
Stir in the milk, salt, and sugar and knead until smooth. Cover and let stand in a warm place for 1 hour.
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead briefly. Divide into 12 pieces and shape into 11-inch long sticks. Wrap the sticks with bacon and sprinkle with caraway. Cook over a charcoal grill or campfire, turning the breadsticks frequently until golden brown.