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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.
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.
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.
Right now, there’s an awesome mobile offer to save you money on Coca-Cola and Coke Zero at Dollar General. It’s simple! Download the Dollar General app. Launch it! Enable bluetooth on your phone. Then walk by the Destination Coca-Cola end-cap and receive a notification on your smartphone. Swipe it. Receive mobile offers. Then you can scan at the register!
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?
- 2 cups tater tots - thawed to room temperature
- 2 ounces cheddar cheese - cut into large and flat slices
- 4 bacon slices - quartered
- Seasonings of salt, pepper, or parsley flakes - optional
- Set oven to 400 F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Half or quarter the bacon slices
- Wrap a tater tot with the slice of cheese
- Roll the cheese-wrapped tater tot up with bacon
- Repeat several times
- Place into oven and bake for 25 minutes, stopping to turn the tots over halfway through - with metal tongs or something similar
- Serve right away
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!
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.