WARNING: THIS RECIPE TAKES 2 HOURS (and are worth every second)
Sorry, I had to get that out right up front. I don’t want anyone to make the mistake I did by waiting until a half hour before I left for a Christmas Day gathering to discover that it takes 2 hours to bake. Consider yourself warned!
If you are going to be late to a gathering, its always a good idea to show up with something that will be such a hit, that it will distract from the fact that you were late. Instead of being “Matt who held up dinner for an hour” you become “Matt who brought those awesome bacon crackers”.
Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman by her millions of fans, provided this recipe in her cookbook A YEAR OF HOLIDAYS (Thank you Carrie for the amazing gift!) I have been cooking recipes from her website as well as her spinoff community recipe center Tasty Kitchen for a couple of months now, and I have to say this woman has style. There will be plenty of opportunity to praise and share recipes from Ree in the future, so I’ll just get to the recipe!
1 sleeve of Club Crackers
3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 lb. bacon (Ree recommends not using thick cut, and I recommend using maple)
You don’t have to make both flavors. The first time I made them (the holiday time debacle) I made both Parmesan and brown sugar. The second time, I opted just to make the brown sugar because they are just so damn good!
1. Place a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and lay the Club crackers flat in long rows. Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil to save a little clean up (although I somehow still always get grease underneath of it).
2. Place 1 tbs. of either Parmesan or brown sugar in the center of each Club cracker
3. Take your 1 lb of bacon and cut each piece in half. Take a half piece of bacon and wrap around the cracker covering the filling. Wrap tightly with the end of the bacon hitting the bottom of the cracker. Set back down on rack with end of the bacon underneath the cracker
(Dont be afraid to stretch the bacon a little to keep it tightly wrapped. As the crackers bake, the bacon will tighten and create a Picasso out of that cracker)
4. Bake in the over for 2 hours at 250 Degrees.
5. Enjoy! Share! Hoard! Its up to you.
Few photos of the process: (this is the second time I made them with just brown sugar.
Toppin them Crackers:
All wrapped up and ready to go in the oven:
(2 Hours Later) Done!