This BLT Bruschetta recipe is the perfect dish-to-pass for a last minute get together, party or game day celebration. Tomatoes, bacon, parsley and green onions come together in a creamy mixture and are spread atop crispy slices of baguette. This delicious flavor combination makes wonderful little appetizers that you won't be able to stop eating!
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For years and years my Aunt Mimi and Uncle Earl would have a New Years Day open house. It was a casual affair full of great food, refreshing drinks and all sorts of interesting people.
I always looked forward to this event. My cousins and I would hangout and catch up while eating all the things.
As I got older, I also began looking forward to bringing a dish to pass. It was such fun coming up with ideas for new and interesting appetizer and dessert options.
One such year, I found a recipe for BLT Bites from Taste of Home. To say it was love at first site would be an understatement.
I mean it's a BLT in an adorable, bite-size form, what's not to like? I knew I had to make it for that year's New Year's Day open house.
Ahhhh, those were simpler times. I was younger then and really just beginning to get my feet wet when it came to cooking.
I was bright-eyed and all-too-eager to put all of my kitchen tools to work. One might say I was overly-ambitious. I prefer excited.
The morning of the party, I got to work. My kitchen smelled of delicious bacon, frying on the stove. I began the task of hollowing out the cherry tomatoes.
In my fantasy of making the perfect BLT Bites, I imagined these teeny, tiny stuffed tomatoes. So without thinking about how objects in photos can sometimes appear to be different in size than how they look in real life, I purchased grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. Silly me.
As you can probably guess, I had an extremely difficult time trying to hollow out the tomatoes to the point that I knew it was not going to work.
So I did what any stubbornly optimistic gal would do. I threw myself a pity party which lasted all of five minutes and then I MacGyvered the recipe into what I needed it to be.
I had already made a decent mess out of the tomatoes when it occurred to me: why not chop them up and add them to the mixture. Everything tastes better on bread anyway. Because carbs.
So I picked myself up by my boot straps, ran out to Wegmans (ie- the other happiest place on earth) and grabbed some pre-sliced baguette.
I toasted those puppies up, topped them with the BLT mixture and the rest was history. You can imagine how thrilled I was when everyone when crazy over them!
I've made these a handful of times since then, changing the recipe more and more until it was exactly what I wanted it to be.
And now here we are. Savory bacon, sweet tomatoes, green onions and parsley for flavor. All mixed together in a creamy mixture of mayonnaise and sour cream and served atop crispy pieces of sliced baguette.
These will not last long at any party, so make sure you eat a couple while you're preparing them. Ya know, just to make sure they're good (oh, they're good!)!
Other great appetizer options for parties and game day:
- 1 baguette sliced to about ½ an inch thick
- 1 cup of crumbled bacon
- 2 cups of tomatoes seeded and diced
- ¼ cup of scallions chopped
- ¼ cup of fresh parsley chopped
- ⅓ cup of sour cream
- ¼ cup of mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake your baguette slices for 10-12 minutes (don't go too long, you don't want them to be impossible to bite into).
- While the baguette slices bake, mix all remaining ingredients well.
- Once the baguette slices have cooled, place scoops of the bacon mixture onto the pieces of baguette and serve immediately.
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