I am a serious pack-rat and have a really hard time throwing
things away… especially cooking magazines (which I
have had WAY too many
of)! In an attempt to save on space, I carefully
went through each magazine and tore out only the recipes that I thought I might potentially
make someday. Then I tossed the remaining shell
of a magazine into the trash (I was so proud of myself). After I had finished, I still had a large plastic box full of random sheets of recipes, but it was definitely
an improvement over the original mountain of magazines that I had started with.
That said, I’ve had this gem of a recipe
screaming to be made since I re-discovered it during the magazine massacre.
for it --- Mini Bacon Cheesecakes
!!!! Anything "mini" is usually a little extra work to make (and these were), but the end result is always so adorable and totally worth it. The only changes that I made to the original Food Network recipe was that I used Neufchâtel cream cheese (1/3 fat) and chocolate Teddy Grahams instead of chocolate wafers.
Since one recipe yields 24 mini cheesecakes, I felt I needed
a special occasion to make them so that I wouldn't eat two dozen cheesecakes all by
myself (and, after tasting the finished product, there is no doubt in my mind that I would have
tried …and most likely succeeded). Finally yesterday, an opportunity presented itself. Some good friends of mine, the Rickers, invited me over for dinner. Turns out I was not the only one de-cluttering. They were doing some
cleaning of their own (the inside of their freezer). In order to
make room for all of the new game that they have hunted this year, they needed
to clean out what was left of last-year’s supply and decided to make a GIANT feast. No complaints from any of their guests that night (PS. You
guys can clean out your freezer ANY time… we all volunteer to help! It’s a tough job, but that’s what friends
All in all, it was a great
evening full of fun friends (both new and old) in which we sampled delicious
dishes such as pheasant stroganoff, breaded pheasant with creamy yogurt sauce,
smoked pheasant wrapped in bacon, and of course a Minnesota specialty deep-fried walleye. DELICIOUS!
By the end of the meal, we had all eaten too much-- but don't worry --everyone still had room to finish off
each and every one of the mini bacon cheesecakes. Needless to say, they were a hit! Try them for yourself...
Labels: Bacon, Dessert