Pear and Bacon Bites

I can’t tell you how desperately I wished this morning that I could just order a pizza for us to nosh on while we watch the Academy Awards tonight. But I didn’t do it!

Instead, as I lounge on the couch in my ridiculously cute leopard-and-pink-rose print pajamas (with ruffles on the sleeve and pant cuffs, no less), we’ll be enjoying delicious dino-chow snacks.

On our menu:

Applegate Farms Organic Beef Hot Dogs – sliced into coins and served on fancy toothpicks with jalapenos and banana peppers

Cucumber, jicama, snap peas, and celery – served with homemade onion dip (homemade mayo + shallot salt + chives + paprika)

Pear and Bacon Bites – This recipe sounds crazy, but I’m telling you: It’s CRAZY-GOOD! Can be made with or without the bacon. Made up of contrasts – sweet & salty, cool & hot, crisp & chewy – these little tidbits make flavor explosions!


Pear and Bacon Bites

Serves 2-4 | Prep 5 minutes | Cook 5 minutes | Whole30 compliant

  • 4 slices sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon

  • 2 just-ripe pears

  • paprika

  • ground cinnamon

  • salt


Preheat oven to 375F. Cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.


Cut bacon strips into 1-inch pieces and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess fat.


Cut each pear into 1/2-inch slices, then into 1-inch pieces. Lay them out on a cutting board and sprinkle VERY lightly with paprika, cinnamon, and salt. So pretty!


Top each piece of pear with a square of bacon and spear with a toothpick. Pop into your mouth. Enjoy.

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