Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs

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Can we please talk about bacon for a second?

I know there is a bacon craze, although I believe it’s a timeless one. I know that people will wrap anything up with bacon. I’m guilty of it myself! I wrap asparagus in bacon! And love it. There’s something to be said, though, about wrapping the kinds of food in sweet, smoky bacon – that already seem meant to be paired with bacon. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter. It’s like peanut butter and jelly. When you think of bacon, what do you think about? Personally, I think about breakfast potatoes.

Or lunch potatoes. Dinner potatoes. Snack potatoes. Just potatoes!

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So to reiterate, when I think of bacon, I think it goes well with potatoes. When I think about PARTIES, I think they go well with potatoes too. Bacon and potatoes. There are so many Game Days coming up, right? There’s a pretty big one coming up and it’s pretty much what warms my heart during the mid-late winter time in New England. Food, parties, togetherness.

What’s not to like?

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It was around Thanksgiving time when my mom and I discovered a little treasure trove for party planning – Dollar General. We had fun looking at foods, drinks, and even plates and napkins. Now that the holiday season is over, I love that there are still reasons to party – we need to get all our game day needs! I think you probably know by now that if you’re planning a party, for any reason, Coca-Cola and Coke Zero are beverages to serve on game day. I get them right at Dollar General.

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This offer is valid until 2/19.

And now, for the recipe! It’s really easy. We made it last year for a New Year’s Eve party, and they didn’t last long! They’re best served hot. Variations are always welcome. The first time we made them, we cut the bacon in half length-wise and width-wise. This made it so we had more potato, and less bacon. This time, I covered the tots completely with the bacon. And I used cheese chunks last time, broke open the tots, and then put them back together with cheese in them. This time, I sliced the cheese thin to wrap around the tot. Then I wrapped the bacon around the cheese around the potato. Get it?

They get SO sizzly and cheesy.

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Cheese Bombs

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups tater tots - thawed to room temperature
  2. 2 ounces cheddar cheese - cut into large and flat slices
  3. 4 bacon slices - quartered
  4. Seasonings of salt, pepper, or parsley flakes - optional

Instructions

  • 1. Set oven to 400 F
  • 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • 3. Half or quarter the bacon slices
  • 4. Wrap a tater tot with the slice of cheese
  • 5. Roll the cheese-wrapped tater tot up with bacon
  • 6. Repeat several times
  • 7. Place into oven and bake for 25 minutes, stopping to turn the tots over halfway through - with metal tongs or something similar
  • 8. Serve right away

Notes

I personally would double or triple this recipe if you're expecting a lot of company. They go fast! You can also use toothpicks to hold them together, or to put them on skewers. I can't believe how easy this recipe is, and so delicious!

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And then that’s it! What do you think? Would you eat them with cheese inside the tot, or wrapped around it and attached to bacon? Would you eat them with your fingers or with toothpicks? It sure is anything goes! Des LOVES them with a toothpick.

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Which Coca-Cola product is your favorite? Check out inspiration for your own game day party HERE!

Game Time Recipe: Spicy Turkey & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

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Through all my food quirks and passions, have you noticed that I’m a Sliders Girl?

Try these bite-sized, full of flavor Turkey and Cheese Quesadilla Sliders for your next game time or big game party. A perfect party dish. #VivaLaMorena #ad

Yes, that deserves capital letters. There are SO MANY reasons I love bite-sized foods – especially with foods that aren’t usually bite-sized – like hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and QUESADILLAS. (also worthy of capital letters) I don’t even need to get into all the many reasons – because the important one is that bite-sized foods remind me of PARTIES. Parties give me good feelings.

It reminds me of school dances and weddings. Even better, it reminds me of my brother and sister’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. True I had my own two years later, but I was way too revved up to eat or remember the food then. For my siblings, the catering company had an entire table devoted to bite-sized foods. Pizza bagels, pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheese bites, and pretty much anything you would want to fill your stomach with. Ever since then, I seek out the original ideas when I’m being served snacks and appetizers. At our wedding, we had a Mashtini bar! Mashed potatoes in little martini glasses for all!

There were toppings galore! Are you starving yet?

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Good if you are. My recipe doesn’t take that long to make. I was at a wedding last year (because it’s newly 2017 and all) and there were mini quesadillas! This made me so excited! I knew I had to try my own hand at them. I’ve been a LA MORENA® fan since I found their products in a little bodega years ago. Since then, I’m excited that my Walmart carries their products.

 

Not only that, you can enter these sweepstakes NOW for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

 

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I’m a big LA MORENA® fan, and I have been for awhile now. The company has been providing us with the taste of the authentic Mexican home for over 35 years now! They are a leader in peppers, and I’m learning to get my heat on with them.

Quesadillas are a bit funny to make. They are so easy and quick, once you get the rhythm of them. Generally, you don’t want them too thick, so you put the cheese on only one half of them. I tend to use cheese across the board, but then put the other toppings on only one side. Then you have choices galore! You can use ground turkey or deli turkey. You can use any deli meats. You can use flour tortillas or corn tortillas! You can get your spice and heat from various places. One of my secret ingredients is LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. I’ll write about it in more detail in my recipe, but remember that a little goes a long way – and that you can use the peppers, just the sauce, or both. You’ll know the tastes of your party:

I tend to start light – focusing on intense and wonderful flavor -and build from there.

Recipe Time:

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If it’s game time or you’re having a big game party, here’s my favorite checklist:

Decorations – banners, streamers, real or inflatable footballs, balloons
Drinks – sodas, juices, seltzers, water, and coolers, buckets, small tubs, ice
Food – finger foods, chips and dips, wings, and of course – quesadilla sliders
Dining – plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, platters, trays, napkins, serving bowls
Seating – enough seats in front of the TV for everyone, folding chairs, lawn
& camping chairs come in handy too! Put out throw rugs, blankets and pillows

What’s your favorite bite-sized snack or appetizer for a game time party?