Saturday, December 19, 2009

Party Time

Had a holiday get-together this week...

At any party I host there's always some of my Bites on the buffet. These Bacon Cheeseburger Bites are sooooo good. Super kid and non-op friendly. If you are serving them for lunch or dinner I usually add a salad.

I made a version of these for the blog sometime last year but I've found a much easier way. I used to cook a couple of slices of bacon which is great if you have leftover bacon from breakfast to use up but not so much if you just want to make the bites. So I replaced the cooked bacon with storebought bacon bits. One less messy step which comes in handy when prepping for a party.

Shelly's Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Green Onions, diced
1/2 lb Ground Beef
5 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Bacon Bits (Plumrose, Hormel, near salad dressings)
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
dash of Seasoned Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute onions till golden. Add ground beef. Cook till no pink is seen. Set aside to cool. Mix all ingredients together. Be sure meat & onions have cooled slightly before adding eggs. Spoon into lightly greased mini muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Makes 24.

I also made a platter of my favorite Antipasto Skewers. Always the first thing to go at a party.

I used:
Kalamata Olives
Sicilian Olives
Spanish Olives
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Giant Greek Beans
Artichoke Quarters (water packed)
Grape Tomatoes
Variety of Meats (I used Coppa, Salami, Mortadella)

Also great are:
Pickled Veggies (Mushrooms, Gardinara, Cucumbers)
Fresh Veggies
Basil Leaves

Skewer them on some sort of small pick or large bamboo skewers (cut to desired length.) Drizzle with Pesto Sauce. When assembling them be sure to make a few all veggie for the vegetarians at your party. Let marinate in the fridge for an hour or so till the festivities begin.

Hope all your holiday get-togethers are a blast. Here's some post weight loss surgery holiday survival tips that help me through it all. Hope they help you too.


Di said...

Sounds and looks like the best place to be! Yumm-a-licious!

Di said...

...and I am still trying to locate GIANT Greek Beans....where oh where!

Toni and Rod said...

I find the giant beans at our grocery stores that offer the olive bar. King Soopers and Whole Foods.

Missy B in NY said...

4months post op here--ravaging the internet for good bari-sites and recipes! Your site is AMAZING!!!

What are the chances of you putting together one BADASS cookbook???? Containing everything you've got on here?? :o) Seriously?

RP said...

Do you serve these at room temperature, Shelly? I was thinking of taking them to a potluck but decided against it, wasn't sure what temperature they should be served.

Hope you are having a wondergful holiday season up there.

RPGypsy in San Diego

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks guy. Hope you enjoy them :)

The giant Greek beans are usually at supermarkets on an olive bar (like a salad bar), Greek markets would have them (canned and jarred), Deli's.

Locally I can find them at Barons, Winco.

If you have a Whole Foods I wouldn't doubt they have them.

Call a deli... might have to describe them.


TY for the vote of confidence on the cookbook. Maybe one day :)


Both can be served at room temp. I prefer the bites not too far from warm so cook 'em the last minute before taking with you or undercook by 5 minutes and finish at the event.

The antipasto skewers are great all night long.

Happy Holidays!
~Michelle "Shelly"