If you were to tell someone the ingredients to the famed bacon wraps that make the rounds every Christmas in my family you probably wouldn’t be met with groans of desire or exclamations of delight.
Instead, after declaring these tasty little treats are made with bacon, sweetened condensed milk, Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard, the best you could expect is for one out of 10 people to just pretend vomit, as opposed to actually vomit.
That’s why you can never tell anyone what these are made of until after they’ve tried them. Kind of like beef marrow. Just spread it on toast and feed it to someone. Then after they’ve scarfed it down and licked their fingers clean, declare “HAH! YOU FOOL! THAT WAS THE MARROW OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF A BEEF BONE! GROSS, GROSS MARROW! HAH! But it’s good isn’t it? Omg. Why would you throw up like that? That’s very rude.”
So that’s fact #1 about Bacon Wraps. The ingredients sound horrifying.
Fact #2 about bacon wraps is once they try them, they will ask for the recipe. That’s when you have to make the ingredients sound as appealing as possible. They aren’t made out of bacon, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and mustard … they’re created with crispy, salted bacon, with a touch of something sweet to offset the salty, and a little bit of dijon for spice.
See how much better?
There’s also cheese in there, but that takes it so far over the top it’s best to just leave it out until they’ve had a few more and become actual addicts. At which point you could tell them they’re made out of goat shit and scabs and they’ll still be begging you for the actual recipe.
The original recipe came from my sister, who got it from her friend, who got it from a recipe pamphlet from the fine people who make Sweetened Condensed Milk. My sister has now handed the recipe out to every single person who has ever tried them. That’s a slight exaggeration, but so is the goat shit thing. It’s all part of the writing process. Don’t worry about it, just go with the flow.
These are not for the food snob. These are not for those who only eat healthy. These are for people who are FUN!
1½ pounds of bacon, each piece sliced in half
20 slices of white bread, crusts cut off
1/4 cup of dijon mustard
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce.
preheat oven to 350f / 175 c (line bottom rack of oven with tin foil to catch bacon drips)
1. Mix together condensed milk, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard.
2. Flatten bread with rolling pin.
3. Lay 3 strips of bacon side by side.
4. Lay single piece of bread on top.
5. Smear with a large tablespoon of condensed milk mixture.
6. Top with a fingerful of shredded cheese.
7. Roll up tightly.
8. Secure each bacon piece with a toothpick.
9. Lay bacon wraps on a rack over a tin foil lined cookie sheet to catch drips. Also line the bottom rack of your oven.
10. Bake until bacon is cooked to your liking (approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour)
Mix condensed milk, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard
Cut crusts off bread if you haven’t already done so.
Roll bread out flat.
Lay 3 strips of bacon side by side (each piece has previously been cut in half)
Lay flattened bread on top.
Cover with heaping tablespoon of condensed milk mixture.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Secure with toothpicks.
Place on rack over tin foil lined cookie sheet.
Bake until bacon is cooked (approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour)
Cut, or break each piece off so you have individual, bite sized pieces, each with their own toothpick.