Best Potluck Food Ever

I’m not particularly religious when it comes to bacon, but these little bites were just about enough to convert me last night when a friend brought a big bowl of them to a potluck. I simply could not stop eating them. So much so, I knew I’d be making my own version today with Lorna. Needless to say, there were none left by the end of the day.

I think I’m just going to be quiet now and let you ponder the thought (and hopefully inspire you to go make your own):


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Bacon Wrapped Cherries & Thyme

16 cherries, pitted

8 pieces of bacon

16 small sprigs of thyme

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Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cut each piece of bacon in half and trim down the width to the about the height of a cherry if necessary (I found that one half needed it, the other was fine). Wrap each cherry in the bacon, placing the hole left by pitting towards the surface of the bacon so it doesn’t show. Secure with a pick, and then tuck in the sprig of thyme (or, you can just put the thyme in with the cherry as you are rolling.)

Place in a baking dish, with the bacon standing vertically and the thyme sprig on top. Don’t overcrowd the dish, or the bacon won’t crisp well.

Roast for about 25 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crisp. Once cooked, place them on a paper towel to absorb a bit of the grease, and then serve immediately.

 

  • http://peachkitchen.blogspot.com peachkins

    I bet these taste heavenly! I tried bacon wrapped bananas but I think this will be way better than that.

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com Kamran Siddiqi (The Sophisticated Gourmet)

    Hi, lovely post. Sadly, one thing that I have never tried is a bacon wrapped cherry, but that will soon change very soon…

    Question: Instead of regular bacon, could I use imported [Italian] prosciutto to wrap the cherries? I love the taste of prosciutto and I think that it would compliment the sweet and tart taste of the cherries, but I am not sure…

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Kamran – Prosciutto would probably be very good…although I prefer it uncooked personally. I might suggest going with pancetta if you want to go the Italian route.

    -L

  • http://maclarty.blogspot.com/ Koek!

    Huge batches of cherries have just come to my local farmer’s market – how fortuitous I encountered this gorgeous-looking recipe! I am salivating as I type…

  • http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com Lorna

    I also prefer prosciutto before it’s heated–the texture is so much better to me. But I’m sure it would be fantastic if you like roasted prosciutto.

    I just especially adore that first photo!

  • http://www.phoo-d.com Phoo-D

    Oh my, I can imagine this flavor combination and bet it is delicious! What a great idea.

  • Elmar Sandyck

    Cherries and thyme are wonderful herbs that have healing properties. They’re yummy as well. :)

  • http://thezoeblog.blogspot.com zoe

    wow!

  • http://www.bingenyc.com Sam

    I have tried bacon wrapped dates before, but never cherries! They look fabulous, thanks for the great idea!

  • http://hecooksshecooks.net Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks)

    Wow, I hadn’t thought of this flavor combination before, but I’m glad someone did!

  • http://www.palatetopen.com Jennifer

    These dainty gems offer a marvelous flavor combo.

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com Kamran Siddiqi (The Sophisticated Gourmet)

    Oh My. I wrote prosciutto?! I must have been super tired… I meant pancetta. Sorry.

    Thanks Lara and Lorna for the reply. I will definitely try it with pancetta and tell you how it goes…

  • http://lacasserolecarree.blogspot.com Vibi

    I’m just so curious of what those might taste like, baked cherries and bacon together, I will just have to try!

    Your got me… you inspired me indeed! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    Wow…I actually don’t eat bacon but even I’M impressed! Here’s another great bacon wrapped recipe!

  • http://www.familyfriendlyfood.com/ Nurit – 1 family. friendly. food.

    That’s a combination I never thought/heard about before. I’ve seen fruit goes with Prosciutto before. But not bacon. I can see how this might work though… On the other hand, bacon wrapped bananas! like the guy above mentioned totally blows my mind. Definitely, there is *lots* of room to experiment.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    Holy yum!!!!

  • http://junglefrog-cooking.com Simone (junglefrog)

    I love bacon with fruity things and this sounds like a fantastic combination. There is just something about sweet and savoury combinations that I cannot resist!

  • http://bigflavors.blogspot.com Ashley

    Oh this looks TOO good to be true! What a lovely recipe :)

  • http://syrupandhoney.typepad.com sarah

    How have I never seen or thought of this combination before? Sometimes I see recipes and file them in the back of my mind for future use, but I am certain this one will be used this week.

  • http://www.saboresnuevos.com Daniela Restrepo

    Wow! Having just read this blog, I spent 5 minutes wondering if there is any food that cannot be improved by being wrapped in bacon. Worringly I cannot think of anything.

  • http://www.sweetnicks.com Cate O’Malley

    Barely 11 am in the morning, and I totally want those. Looks delish!

  • http://thecreativepot.blogspot.com TheWoman

    You bring back fond childhood memories. My mom used to make these ALL the time! And I agree, they are divine.

    You should also try bacon wrapped around pitted prunes – equally more-ish.

  • http://chezmaggieandjeff.blogspot.com Maggie

    I’ve been looking through blogs for new recipes for my holiday party this year. These sound wonderful, sweet and savory. Too bad cherries aren’t available in December, the colors would be perfect! I’ll have try them next summer!

  • http://www.julianaloh.com/blog baobabs

    This looks FANTASTIC! I could imagine the flavours coming together very well! Shame the cherries in China don’t taste half as great as the ones in Europe, but… I will make an attempt on this. Thanks for sharing!