Appetizers

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce

by Jennifer Wieland
Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

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Holidays with my family can be a little loud. Often times, a little crazy too with so many mouths to feed. Mostly though, they are filled with love, family, good times and great food! With meals needed for everything from breakfast, to lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, food is a holiday memory maker throughout. This year I’m adding to my great food items with an appetizer that is perfect for everyone from the toddlers to grandma and grandpa. I’ve been working on holiday recipes with a family favorite, Wright® Brand Bacon. I can use it for multiple meals, multiple times to bring joy during the holidays. One way I’m doing that is with Wright® Brand Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers that I paired with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce. These were selected by my kiddos and hubby as the musthave appetizer this year. 

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Every year I like adding some new foods to my holiday food/party repertoire. It can be a challenge at times. Coming up with foods that everyone will eat. I have six kids that range in age from 8-24 and two of them as you all know, are on the Autism Spectrum. That means sensory issues often play into food options when planning meals. Add in that my sister and brother-in-law have five too and kid friendly is a must when planning out foods for our holiday gatherings. Now, while I do want the kids to like the food I also want it to be something us adults will crave. As we all know, kids love bacon, cheese, burgers, potato tots and ketchup. Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totchos were a no brainer for everyone. Placing them on skewers to make them easier for little hands to manage? Brilliant!

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

Once I had the idea for this recipe I knew I had to run with it immediately! I headed out to my local Meijer Supermarket. We got a Meijer store by me (FINALLY!) almost two years ago. It has become my go to store for groceries. I’m a coupon fan so I love pairing sales, coupons and mPerk offers to save each time I go. Once in the store, I headed to the meat department and picked up Wright® Brand Bacon. It’s a favorite of mine because it is hand-trimmed, hand-selected, naturally smoked and tastes amazing!

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

One of the great things about this recipe is that most of the components can be prepped in advance. Which, is a must for big holiday gatherings or parties. The bacon can be cooked and chopped up a day or two early. The ground beef can easily be browned up earlier in the week. Onions will be just fine diced up and stored in a baggie in the refrigerator or freezer until the are ready to use. You can even go ahead and make the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce the day before and just store it in an airtight container. 

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This recipe is a great way to keep little hands busy. This is definitely a kid-friendly appetizer not only to eat but also to make. During the holidays there is so much kitchen time that little ones often want to be included and feel like they are contributing too. These Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers snd the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce are a perfect for the mini wanna-be chefs in your family. Plus, with all the upcoming holidays it gives them a chance to become experts at making it. 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
Serves 24
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
121 calories
10 g
21 g
6 g
7 g
3 g
71 g
289 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 21mg
7%
Sodium 289mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
8%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. 1 32 oz. Package of Potato Tots, cooked per instructions
  2. 12 Slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and chopped up
  3. 1/2 lb. Ground Beef, browned and drained
  4. 2 c. Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 of a Red Onion, diced
  6. Mini wooden skewers or long wooden toothpicks
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. 1 c. Tomato Ketchup
  2. 2 slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and finely diced
  3. 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
For the Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. Preheat broiler in oven or toaster oven.
  2. Place two potato tots onto each mini skewer or wooden toothpick.
  3. Place the skewers onto a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Top the potato tots with 1/3 of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Place the pan under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to get the cheese melting.
  6. Remove the pan from the broiler.
  7. Top the potato tots and melted cheese with the ground beef, bacon and the rest of the cheese.
  8. Place the pan back under the broiler for a few more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. In a bowl stir together the ketchup, bacon, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes
  1. Be sure to keep an eye while the pan is under the broiler. Broilers can differ greatly in how close the pan is to the heat. Things can go from good to bad quickly.
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calories
121
fat
6g
protein
7g
carbs
10g
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Pork Tamale Bites a Perfect Holiday Appetizer

by Jennifer Wieland
Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias 

Tamales are something that I always associate with the holidays. My grandma and great-aunt would each have tamales made at their houses for Christmas. We would visit both of them over the holidays and get our fill. It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I realized I never asked her to teach me how to make them. Thankfully, her sister was more than willing to teach me how to make them. It involved a lot of her going you add this much of this and that much of that. Handfuls of things since she’d been making them for decades. I’ve now got it down pat though and at some point during the holidays I will hold a tamale making party and my family comes over. We cook, eat, drink, talk and just have a really great time hanging out with each other. At the end of the party everyone leaves with tamales to eat or freeze. To cut out all of that though I came up with these bite size variations, Pork Tamale Bites a perfect holiday appetizer..

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

To get the ball rolling on this appetizer I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and picked up everything I would need to make the Pork Tamale Bites. I was able to get everything from the produce and meat to the canned La Morena Jalapeños and Maseca® Corn Flour.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

The first thing that you need to do to make these Pork Tamale Bites is to cook the pork.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Once the pork has reached the point of falling apart you will need to shred it with two forks. This can be done well ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or frozen.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, you can make the sauce for the pork. This is easy to do in your blender or food processor. Just blend until smooth. Once again, this can be done ahead of time.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add the sauce to your meat and stir to coat.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Next up, it’s time to make the tamale masa. This is so easy to do and just takes a few minutes. When it’s done it should look like thick pancake batter.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Press the tamale masa into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add your meat in the sauce to the masa cavities.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

When the cooking is almost complete sprinkle on some cheese and finish baking.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Let the cooked Pork Tamale Bites cool for about five minutes. Use a butter knife around the edge of the Pork Tamale Bites to loosen and then remove them from the pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now you can plate, serve and wow your guests!

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, snag your copy of the recipe and delight your guests with some amazing appetizers!

Pork Tamale Bites
Serves 12
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165 calories
8 g
36 g
9 g
12 g
3 g
150 g
388 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
150g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 388mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
11%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the meat
  1. 1 lb. pork chops
  2. 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1 14 oz. can vegetable broth
For the sauce
  1. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce seasoned with onion, garlic & cilantro
  2. 3 pickled jalapeno peppers, La Morena brand
  3. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. Mexican oregano
  5. 1/8 tsp. cumin
For the tamale masa
  1. 2/3 c. masa (I use Maseca brand)
  2. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 c. lard or vegetable shortening
  5. 5-6 oz. warm water
To assemble
  1. 1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend
For the meat
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the meat portion in a pot and simmer covered until so tender it falls apart or can easily be shredded with forks.
For the sauce
  1. In a blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth.
For the tamale masa
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the masa, baking powder, salt and 5 oz. of the water. Stir to combine. Thoroughly stir in the lard. Add the rest of the water if needed.
To assemble
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and press the prepared tamale masa (about 1 1/2 tsp.) into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan. Fill the tamale masa cups with meat and sauce mix. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife around the edges to loosen and then remove from pan and plate.
Notes
  1. You can serve with a dollop of sour cream on the top.
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calories
165
fat
9g
protein
12g
carbs
8g
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