Bacon Wrapped Turkey Poppers

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I love bacon! This is an easy and inexpensive finger food. Whether you have finicky eaters or need an appetizer with some substance this is one that is sure to please the crowds. You can find turkey at your local deli counter. Instead of thin sandwich slices ask them to cut a 1 inch slab of meat. Look for bacon when it is on sale and stock up, it freezes well. Around my neck of the woods it runs about $5.99 regular price and $2.99 when on sale. To further stretch the budget you could cut the bacon in half instead of using a whole slice per popper.

You’ll Need:
Turkey
Bacon
Toothpicks
Preheat oven to 350F

First cube the turkey about the width of the bacon. For me this equals two bites per popper and my dh one bite. Now you wrap the bacon around the meat and secure with a toothpick. This is also a great cooking project to do with your kids and get them involved in the kitchen. If you don’t have toothpicks or the thought of toothpicks in the hands of children scares the daylights out of you then just lay them down on your cookie sheet with the loose end down.

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Preheat your oven to 350 and bake for 30 minutes, then broil for 10 minutes. The first batch I didn’t broil and they were good enough. The second batch I broiled and they were more flavorful with a little crunch. Browning food always adds flavor. I turned my cookie sheet halfway through baking for even browning. You may or may not have to turn your cookie sheet depending on your oven, mine is hotter in the back.

If a BBQ is more your style then shish kabobs is the way to go. There is something about a kabob that makes eating fun! First think about what foods you want to layer on your skewer. Onions, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, some squash. Use bright colors to make it look appealing. Make sure everything is about the same size for even cooking and don’t crowd your skewer. A little salt and pepper and its time to get the party started. Another way to enjoy these little tidbits is on a skewer over your campfire. Make sure you get all four sides toasted and let them cool before popping in your mouth.

We loved them plain and ate a whole batch that way. Then we tried a variety of sauces to dip them in. My favorite was spicy orange sauce, ranch was good, bbq sauce good, ketchup and mustard made it taste like a hot dog, and maple syrup was a delicious breakfast twist. My family and I have enjoyed these as party appetizers and as a main entree. Have fun and experiment with some of your favorite sauces.

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