You have likely heard of the much beloved bacon-wrapped dates, which make a great snack or appetizer for paleo and non-paleo eaters alike. We are not big date fans, so I was trying to find a similar alternative as I contemplated appetizers for a holiday gathering. I later saw dried apples at the grocery store, and this recipe was born. We love the combination of salty, fatty bacon, slightly sweet apples, and warm spices. My favorite part, though, would have to be the caramelized, almost crispy ends of the apples after baking!
Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
Place apple slices in a bowl. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and toss to evenly coat apples.
Cut each slice of bacon into three even pieces, width-wise, and wrap each piece around the middle of one apple slice. My uncooked bacon is 9 inches long, and cutting it into thirds gives me a perfect length for each apple slice. If your bacon is considerably shorter or your apple slices are really thick, cut the bacon in half instead of thirds.
Place seam-side down on a baking sheet (with a rack, if you have one) and bake at 350 degrees F for 23-25 minutes, watching them closely. Bacon should be crisp, but you don\'t want it to turn dark. I tested these at several different temperatures, and this produced the best result.
Place on a towel or drip rack and serve when cooled enough to handle.
When these are baked with the bacon seam-side down, they are self-sealing, and I have found toothpicks unnecessary. If you are serving them at a gathering and feel toothpicks would be more convenient for your guests, simply insert them right before serving.
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