Friday, June 25, 2010

Picnic at Ravenna Park!

Today, a few friends and I had a picnic at Ravenna Park. The theme was indulgence. Although some of my friends interpretated it in a much healthier manner, I decided to make Bacon Bow-Ties.

Although I had these once or twice when I was a little girl, I haven't eaten them since. But they're incredibly easy to make. Lay out any kind of buttery cracker, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese, and wrap with half a slice of regular bacon. It will look like this:

It looks absolutely delicious, right? All of that cold, streaky bacon . . . Bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour and forty-five minutes, and then bring it to your picnic. The setup will look like this:

And your dish will be the most unhealthy by far. To tell the truth, even though everyone loved the bow-ties and gobbled them down, I don't think I can ever bring myself to make them again. I love unhealthy food, but even I have my limits. And making something that has bacon fat dripping and absorbing into already fattening and unhealthy crackers and cheese . . . oh my goodness.

My friends and I did have fun swapping unhealthy bacon stories, though. One friend's mother likes to make Little Smokies sausages wrapped in bacon, with brown sugar on top. While baking, the brown sugar melts into the bacon fat, creating a sweet and savory glaze. Another friend's mother makes pig candy: bacon is tied into knot, brown sugar is sprinkled on top, and then the whole thing is baked.

I am still waiting to try a bacon cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the buns.

If anyone out there is brave enough to try Bacon Bow-ties, here is the recipe:

Bacon Bow-Ties

For the parmesan cheese, I used the stuff out of a can. You can use the real deal if you would like, but I just don't think that it fits in. I got thirty crackers out of the materials below, but my wire rack only fit twenty at a time.

1 lb. regular-sliced bacon
1 sleeve of Club Crackers or a similar buttery cracker
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take the crackers and put around 1 tb. of parmesan cheese on top of each one. Wrap each with half a slice of bacon. I like to leave the ends a little uncovered because the cracker gets extra crisp on the ends and it makes a better bow-tie shape.

Set them on a wire rack on top of a pan lined with tinfoil (to make clean up easier) so that the bacon fat can escape and not make the crackers soggy, and put them in the oven for around an hour and forty-five minutes.

Let cool for five minutes, and enjoy! These can be served at room temperature. They also freeze really well. Just bake, let them cool, and put them in the freezer. A little before the time you want to serve them, pop them in a 400 degree oven for ten minutes.


  1. they look delicious I wanna try them as soon as possible!!! :-) found your blog through blooming leopond... check out mine if you want! hugs


  2. That looks so, so yummy! Unhealthy food always tastes better ;)

  3. what a wonderful afternoon! those bacon bow ties are kind of amazing.

    xo Alison