Appetizers – who doesn’t love them? My friends and I occasionally host appy parties where the main event is, you guessed it, appetizers. This week we decided to go with a sweet and smoky combination, apples and bacon. They might remind you a bit of pork roast with apple sauce with the whiskey-maple syrup-garlic sauce adding a new dimension.
We did these bites in the stove, but feel free to put multiple on a long skewer for the barbeque. If you like it spicy, add your favorite hot sauce to taste once the whiskey sauce has reduced. To stick with our original sweet and spicy recipe, check out the recipe below.
Arctic® apple whiskey bacon bites
36 slices Arctic® Golden apples
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ a small onion, minced
1 ¼ cups maple syrup
1 cup water
5 tbsp apple whiskey
1 ¼ cups hoisin sauce
- Sauté the onion and garlic in canola oil (or vegetable oil of your choice) until soft. Add the water and maple syrup, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Mix in whiskey and Hoisin sauce, bring up to a boil and reduce to a simmer again. Stirring regularly, allow to reduce by about half, the sauce should have a syrup like consistency.
- While your sauce is reducing, cut your apples into 12 slices, cut your bacon into thirds width-wise (or whatever length you need to be able to wrap the apple slices). Wrap the bacon around the apple slices and secure with a toothpick.
- Use a basting brush to coat the bacon and apple with the sauce and place on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil. Place in oven at 350⁰F until bacon is cooked, approximately 20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.