This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
If you haven’t heard of homegating, I’ll let you in on the not-so-secret. Homegating is just tailgating in the comfort of your own home. Did you know that tailgating is an American pastime, dating back to 1869? Yes, it’s been around for a very, very long time. If you ask, most people will tell you (unless they have season tickets on the 50 yard line) that they prefer to homegate rather than tailgate while they’re cheering on their favorite team.
Benefits of homegating vs. tailgating:
If it’s bad weather, not a problem, you’ve got access to indoors. You happen to have forgot condiments, buns for the sliders, wet wipes to get that BBQ sauce off your face, guess what? You’ve got access to a full kitchen. Need a bathroom? Thank goodness, you won’t have to walk a mile to get to one, or stand in a line for what seems like an eternity after you’ve had a stadium sized cup of your favorite football beverage(s).
Are you seeing the benefits of homegating yet? I didn’t even have to mention things like not having to pay for stadium parking.
Homegating Menu Planning.
While the game is of utmost importance to me, what’s most important is the FOOD. You can’t have a party without food. What kind of get together would that be? A sad one if you ask me.
If you’re looking to be the best hostess (host) possible, food should be high on your list as well. When you’re planning your perfect homegating menu think about appetizers that are going to be filling, fun and feeds a crowd with diverse taste buds.
My suggestion? Finger foods. Finger foods are your friend in these situations. They’re typically easy to put together and are usually easy on the budget. Finger foods are my go-to when I’m creating the perfect big game spread.
With the help of Tyson® Naturals and Wright® Brand Bacon you can prepare delicious finger foods for your homegating party that your friends and family are sure to love. You can find their products at Kroger stores across the country. You’ll be happy to know that specially marked Tyson Naturals chicken products are made with chickens that are raised with no antibiotics ever.
I think bacon makes everything better, so naturally, it’s the star of our recipe. These glazed bacon and Havarti puff pastry bites start off with quality thick-sliced bacon. Hickory Smoked Wright Brand Bacon. It’s bacon done the Wright way.
Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon is hand-selected and hand-trimmed. It’s 100% wood smoked over hickory chips to impart a deliciously rich flavor. It’s thick-cut to ensure a perfect bacon experience. Just looking at the package you can see the thick slices, and when you taste it you’ll taste the Wright difference. You can find it in the refrigerated section at Kroger.
While these appetizers look like they could be complicated, they’re not. A slice of Wright brand bacon is rolled up into a strip of thawed puff pastry, filled with cheese and then baked to bubbly, golden, flaky perfection. At the end, each are glazed with a sauce of: bourbon, mustard and maple syrup. All flavors that complement the Hickory Smoked Wright brand bacon.
These are large and can easily be halved. They’re a few bites of bliss. I’m not sure though if your family and friends will want to share after they’ve had the first bite. They’re that good.
Glazed Bacon and Havarti Puff Pastry Bites
Glazed Bacon and Havarti Puff Pastry Bites
- 12 slices Wright Hickory Smoked Bacon
- 2 sheets puff pastry - thawed
- 3 slices Havarti cheese
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon bourbon
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Cut each puff pastry sheet into 6 strips. Cut each slice of cheese into 4 strips.
- To assemble: gently stretch each strip so that it's the length of bacon strip.
- Place bacon strip onto puff pastry strip, place cheese in middle.
- Roll up lightly and place into well of muffin tin. Continue until all are done.
- Lightly brush outside of puff pastry with milk. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until golden and bacon is cooked through.
- Into a small bowl mix together: bourbon, mustard and maple.
- During the last 5 minutes of cooking, baste each with mixture.
- Serve warm.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet says
Puff pastry is one of my favorites to bake with! Love that you added bacon!
I could make a dinner out of these since I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to share, haha!
Nutmeg Nanny says
This would go fast in my house! Saving for my next get together!
Looks so delicious! I can smell the bacon! 🙂 Mmmmm
I love the idea of homegating—no lines for the bathroom and comfortable seating! Havarti is one of my favorite cheeses…and pairing with bacon in these pastry bites was genius!!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
Oh my goodness, those are making me drool – YUM!!
carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
You had me at bacon. 😉
Elizabeth @ Take On E says
These look great! I’ve always wanted to experiment with puff pastry, and this might be a good way to ease myself in.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Oh my gosh, I want to eat all of them! YUM!
These look amazing! Can’t wait to try!
Jacque Hastert says
These are impressive and perfect for game day
How many do these make??