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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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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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Salted Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Salted Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ah, Valentine’s Day, you wonderful holiday of all things love, hearts and candy. How you wreak havoc on all the poor souls desperately trying to cling to New Year’s resolutions of dieting, eating better and getting in shape. You sneak in with all your sugary, chocolatey goodness and what’s a baking girl to do but jump on board and load up on some of the sugar high. What better way to do that than by pairing to of the greatest food finds ever! That’s right people, if chocolate plus bacon does not equal love then I don’t know what does.

This weekend Salted Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies were born in my kitchen when we had four pieces of leftover bacon. We NEVER have leftover bacon! It is like a crime against the food gods to leave bacon uneaten. So what did I do? I looked at my husband and started rattling off ideas I could use the bacon for. Nothing really jumped at me though for a couple of hours and then I ran upstairs yelling, “I know what I am making with the bacon!” and I proceeded to tell my husband about my grand vision for chocolate chip cookies with bacon. He just stared at me as if I had lost my ever-loving mind. I then set out to create and bake. I tasted the cookie dough and it was missing a little something. I realized I needed more salt to balance it all. So, I decided to add some of my vanilla fleur de sel to the tops.

Now it was time for the test bake. I used my heart whoopie pie pan to make the cookies heart-shaped and slightly thicker. I sprinkled a small pinch of the salt onto each one and baked. Once they came out I waited all of two seconds and grabbed one to try. It was sweet. It was salty. It was smokey and yummy! My daughter loved them too. I actually had to cut her off so I would have some to photograph. My husband and the two youngest boys all reluctantly tried them. The boys instantly disliked them. My husband didn’t dislike like them but for my plain, old vanilla guy they were a little to out there.

So if bacon and chocolate are two of your favorite foods then I would say jump on this and give it a try. You get to kill two food cravings with one little cookie. Honestly, I may just need to rename these to the Ultimate Chick PMS Cookie.

Salted Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
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3147 calories
421 g
434 g
153 g
43 g
83 g
711 g
2429 g
280 g
3 g
60 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
711g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3147
Calories from Fat 1345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 153g
236%
Saturated Fat 83g
414%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 50g
Cholesterol 434mg
145%
Sodium 2429mg
101%
Total Carbohydrates 421g
140%
Dietary Fiber 12g
48%
Sugars 280g
Protein 43g
Vitamin A
48%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
26%
Iron
47%
* 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
  1. 4 pieces of bacon
For the cookies
  1. 2 tbsp. cooled bacon grease
  2. 6 tbsp. salted butter, softened
  3. 1/4 c. sugar
  4. 3/4 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 1/3 c. flour
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 3/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 c. or 4 pieces of bacon, chopped
  11. vanilla fleur de sel
Instructions
  1. Cook the four pieces of bacon and reserve the bacon grease. Allow the grease to cool. It will turn white and become thick.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. I used a whoopie pie pan to make thick cookies but you can just scoop and drop onto a baking sheet as well.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the bacon grease, butter, sugars, egg and vanilla on medium speed. Stir in the flour and baking soda. Mix just until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the bacon and stir to combine.
  4. If you are using a whoopie pie pan. Use a cookie scoop to drop one scoop of dough into each cavity. Lightly press the dough out to fill cavity. Sprinkle the tops with vanilla fleur de sel and bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. If you are using a baking sheet scoop the dough using a cookie scoop and drop onto the baking sheet leaving 2" between each one. Slightly flatten with the palm of you hand and then sprinkle with the salt. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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calories
3147
fat
153g
protein
43g
carbs
421g
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 These cookies have been featured on A Southern Mother along with a bunch of other great cookie recipes that will make your mouth water!

Do you have a favorite salty and sweet pairing?

 

 


Everyone Loves Breakfast, Right? Pancake Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream and Bacon

This morning I made the kids waffle sticks for breakfast. As I was waiting for the waffles to finish cooking, I realized that the waffle batter was similar in consistency to cake batter. I began to think – would these work as cupcakes? I threw the left over batter into cupcake liners and into the oven they went! While they were cooking I worked on a maple syrup buttercream.  The frosting came out yummy! The cupcakes weren’t bad but they weren’t fabulous either. I needed to experiment with this idea further, so I used pancake batter – some plain, some with blueberries and the rest with chocolate chips. Of course, everyone likes butter on top of a stack of pancakes, so what the hay – I brushed on some melted butter when they came out. I mean if you are going to take a massively carb overloaded food like pancakes and make them into cupcakes with frosting, is a little butter really going to hurt? Please – no one  answer that question. I like to push the envelope, so I cooked up some bacon, crumbled it, and sprinkled it all over these little fellas. We all know bacon makes EVERYTHING better.

So what was the verdict? They weren’t bad! I think this is a great way to use up leftover pancake batter so it doesn’t go to waste. This can also make an unusual breakfast for someone’s birthday or would work great the morning after a kid’s sleepover. You could chop up bacon, sausage, etc. and let the kids all add their own “sprinkles”. This would also probably make you the coolest parent in the neighborhood. These are an excellent choice to make with the kids, even if you are leery of baking.

Side note: These do stick a bit to the cupcakes liners so I would suggest spraying the liners with some butter flavored cooking spray if you want to. You can sweeten the cupcake part by adding fruit or chocolate chips to the batter, otherwise it tends not to taste overly sweet.

 

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream and Bacon

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream and Bacon
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2028 calories
273 g
295 g
109 g
1 g
69 g
656 g
38 g
265 g
4 g
32 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
656g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2028
Calories from Fat 959
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 109g
168%
Saturated Fat 69g
345%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 295mg
98%
Sodium 38mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 273g
91%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 265g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
68%
Vitamin C
0%
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 Pancake Cupcakes
  1. makes 18-36 mini cupcakes depending on how much pancake batter you make
  2. 1 Box of Pancake Mix
  3. Water
  4. Add-Ins
  5. Butter
For the Maple Syrup Buttercream
  1. 1/2 c. butter (room temp)
  2. 2 c. Confectioner's Sugar (sifted)
  3. 4 tbsp. Grade A Maple Syrup (room temp)
  4. 1 tbsp. Heavy Whipping Cream
For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line the mini cupcake pan with liners.
  2. The pancake cupcakes were made with a Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix. I followed the instructions on the box to make the pancake mix by just adding water. Fruit, flavor chips, etc can be added. Spoon into liners and bake for 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter after removing them from the pan. Cool completely and then frost.
For the Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter on medium-high for about 3 minutes. Add the confectioner's sugar all at once and the maple syrup and turn the mixer on to stir. Once incorporated add the heavy whipping cream and beat on medium-high for 3-5 minutes until fluffy.
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calories
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fat
109g
protein
1g
carbs
273g
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