I'm an avid reader of The Kitchn. This site always manages to give me ideas of interesting foods. The below recipe, obtained from this site makes for a great appetizer.
- 6 slices bacon
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese (not whipped)
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided
- Cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup pecans
- Apple slices, to serve
- Cut each piece of bacon in half. Place the bacon in a large skillet without overlapping the slices, and turn the heat on low.
- Cook on low for about 15 minutes, turning frequently, until the bacon is quite crispy.
- Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease.
- While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and a few turns of cracked black pepper in the food processor.
- Whiz until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb.
- Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more. (Don't let them freeze all the way; just help them firm up. You can also place them in the refrigerator for a longer period of time.)
- Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Whiz until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it.
- Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn't immediately stick.
- Place the balls in a container on their sides and refrigerate until serving.
- Serve with sliced apple. These are delicious eaten together with apple; take a bite of one and then of the other.
The original recipe inserted a lollipop stick into each pop, as shown below. I didn't add this step since they can easily be eaten with your hand without crumbling