chunk of sweet pineapple glazed with caramelized brown sugar.
Most years I am happy to be in my pajamas watching TV and waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. This year, we felt adventurous and spent it at the neighbors. It was a good change because my neighbor always puts on a really fun party with lots of friends and family, and lots of food and drinks. Even after my many glasses of Chardonnay, luckily, I could still remember the hit appetizer of the party - hot dogs wrapped in bacon. Oh, and they are coated in brown sugar.
As much as I love the simplicity of her appetizer, I thought I would take it up a notch as Emeril Legasse would say. I used Aidells Bacon Pineapple Chicken Sausage, which is a staple in our house for weekend breakfast. I had turkey bacon on hand, but feel free to use regular bacon. Since I was doubling the bacon theme, I doubled the pineapple theme by topping off the skewer with a chunk of pineapple. Baking the pineapple in the last ten minutes brings out the sweetness of the fruit. The brown sugar caramelizes and creates a sweet sticky glaze! I have to warn you that these are addicting and you can't just eat one. If you are making these for a party, I highly recommend that you double or triple the recipe.
2 links Aidells Bacon Pineapple Chicken Sausage
6 slices turkey bacon
24 pineapple chunks
1/4 cup brown sugar
Slice sausage in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 6 equal pieces. Slice bacon in half lengthwise then slice in half crosswise so you end up with 4 pieces. Wrap each sausage piece with a bacon slice. Place on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with half the brown sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 13 minutes. Turn over then sprinkle with remaining sugar, reserving a tablespoon for pineapple. Bake for another 13 minutes. Add pineapple chunks to baking pan, sprinkle with brown sugar and back for 10 minutes or until sugar is melted and bacon is cooked completely. While still hot skewer a sausage and a pineapple.
Recipe by Gale