smokin’ them (USA! USA!)

U.S. goalkeeper, Hope Solo

I was still reeling yesterday from the U.S. Women’s National Team’s amazing win Sunday in the World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil, and then they pulled out another fantastic victory over France to move on to the finals. This team is amazing. If you haven’t watched a game yet, take some time this weekend to do so.

The women play again this Sunday, and with the impressive amount of support that fans of all kind have shown over the last two weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some Women’s World Cup viewing parties on tap. Whether you’re hosting or attending, serve these little bacon-wrapped Smokies and you’ll get almost as much praise as Abby Wambach’s clutch air game.

didn’t have a chance to snap a good photo…

♦1 package Hilshire Farm Lit’l Smokies (or any cocktail links; could use all-beef)
1 package bacon (I used thin cut)
Brown sugar for sprinkling (about 1/2 c.)

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and cover with baking spray. Cut eat slice of uncooked bacon into fourths. Wrap each Smokie with a bacon fourth, secure with toothpick and place on sheet. Sprinkle each Smokie with brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, but check periodically for doneness. Serve with toothpicks in; it makes it much easier and less messy for your guests to stuff their faces.

Total time? 10 minutes prep, 20-25 minute bake.
Cost? $2.50 for Smokies (on sale), $3 for bacon.
Overall success relative to expectations? 8 out of 10. I made these sweet and smokey treats for Super Bowl, and they were snatched up in seconds. Fortunately, they’re really easy to make and don’t require much attention. My only gripe with the finished product was the bacon could have been a bit crispier, but I didn’t want to burn the Smokies. The only other downside is that it can get a little expensive if you are serving a sizable bunch; each Smokie package has a little less than 40 links, so I’d recommend making at least two batches if you’re serving 10 or more people.


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