How to make Spiced Bacon Skewers
Today I am teaming up with Pier 1 to bring you some festive holiday entertaining ideas. With our recent move, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are going to be the first occasions Ed and I get to celebrate in our new house. I still have so much unpacking and organizing to do, but ringing in the new year is quite fitting since we are literally getting a fresh start in a new home, town, and state. We have lots to celebrate and want to enjoy all the holiday season has to offer.
Our daughters are coming home and it will be the first time they will see the house. We are excited for them to see it and spend the holidays with us. Ed’s best friend is also coming a few days after Christmas to spend New Year’s with us as well as other good friends who live nearby.
When I was unpacking moving boxes in the kitchen, I became aware of many things, but two that stuck out. The first was a recipe for Spiced Bacon. I had misplaced it and forgotten all about it. It fell out of a cookbook I was unpacking, nothing like a move to get things sadly lost, but on the other end…happily found :-)
I decided that the Spiced Bacon Skewers will be one item on the menu to ring in 2016. Ed enjoyed the fact that he got to preview them for this post. He is always happy to help out when bacon and champagne are involved.
The other thing I noted was that our bar glasses, especially the stemware, were all cloudy and etched from getting washed too many times in the dishwasher. :-( We have had them a very long time and they served us well, but new house…new glasses were called for.
Since I didn’t have a chance to do any Christmas shopping yet, I decided while I was out exploring the “new to me” shopping centers in and around my new town over the weekend, I would buy some clear and shiny new stemware. I was happy to find a Pier 1 only 20 minutes away so we can now ring in the new year in style.
I found these Schott Zwiesel designed glasses. I liked them best since they have a modern vibe and no lip around the rim.
Our new house has a small kitchen and no dining room. I had to get creative when setting up the living room for entertaining purposes.
The furniture from our previous home is taking on new roles in this one. For instance this small white dresser that was in my bedroom, has now become a side table in the living room. With the addition of a festive rectangular tray, and glass ice bucket the dresser, now table, easily transforms into a bar when needed. I staged it to see if my idea would work and everything fit perfectly.
I prefer spending New Year’s Eve cozy at home and keeping it casual. I saw these Luna Old Fashioned glasses on display in the store and loved them. I think they will be a fun addition that my family will enjoy using on many other occasions, too.
Instead of serving a big meal for New Year’s, I like to serve finger food since it keeps things easy. I am all about casual entertaining style and picked up some festive gold and white paper goods for our NYE-at-home celebration that are perfect for serving finger food all evening and all day while watching bowl games on TV.
I love these gold and silver glassware markers much better than wine charms for everyone to mark their name or doodle all over their glasses if they like. :-) When the festivities are over, the marker simply washes off.
A party is not a party for me without having candlelight, I can never have enough. I found these mercury glass candleholders and sequined pillar candles that I could not pass up. Both will add a magical feel to the room when the sun goes down and the countdown to 2016 begins.
I still want to string a few of the Cheers coasters with gold string and hang them above the bar set up. I just have to find the box where I have all my ribbon. :-) Then I think I will be set to ring in 2016 in style next week.
How to Make Spiced Bacon Skewers
These are very easy to make. Printable recipe is below.
- Skewer each slice of bacon.
2. Shake each skewered slice in sugar mixture.
3. Lay on a foiled lined baking sheet and oiled rack.
Spiced Bacon Skewers
- 12 – 20 (8″) skewers (if using wooden, soak in water 30 minutes)
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 lb thick applewood smoked thick-cut bacon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with foil. Coat a wire rack with cooking spray and place on top of baking sheet.
- Put brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and cloves in a resealable plastic bag. Shake bag well to mix ingredients.
- Thread 1 slice of bacon onto each skewer like ribbon candy. Don’t push bacon together too closely or bacon won’t cook evenly.
- Dip each bacon skewer into plastic bag with sugar mixture, making sure to coat both sides well.
- Lay each skewer on rack.
- Sprinkle skewers with any remaining sugar mixture.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until bacon is brown and crisp, turning skewers after 12-15 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- Makes 6-8 servings.
How do you like to ring in the new year? Are you a cozy-at-home party lover or do you like to go all out on the town?
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