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A Simply Delicious 4th of July Appetizer

May 6, 2014
BLT Poppers

4th of July in our hometown, Seward, NE, is a HUGE deal! Our little community of about 6,000 residents becomes a small city of 40,000 – 50,000, each year, when we celebrate Independence Day. We have the proud designation of Nebraska’s 4th of July City and when we throw a party…well, let’s just say you know it’s a celebration! Activities and fun begin early in the morning, with the anvil firing, and continue long after dark, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The courthouse square is the center of most of the day’s events and nobody wants to miss any of them. Games, shows, craft fair/farmer’s market, parade, shopping, a three-block food court, contests, car show, an air show, and so much more, pack the agendas of every Seward resident. Traffic on the two state highways that cut through our town, literally comes to a stand-still with all the pedestrian traffic; and you know what…it’s okay. It’s the 4th of July! And it’s about family and friends, fun and festivities…oh… and food. It’s about lots of kinds of food!

Even with all the activity downtown, it’s fair to assume that many of us will have company or be hosting guests in our home, at some point throughout the twenty-four hours that is the 4th of July. The food for this special day celebrates all the best tastes of summer and will likely involve fresh garden produce, grilling, more salads than you can count and trays of finger food. Oh and homemade ice cream. That’s sort of a rule. :)

For me, having the best for my guests, and still having time to enjoy all the day has to offer, means I want recipes that will WOW the taste buds, but be quick and simple to prepare. My delicious BLT Poppers recipe delivers on each of those requirements! You’re going to love it! I developed this recipe as a Kraft Tastemaker and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family. Pop one of these scrumptious little appetizers into your mouth and close your eyes. You will literally taste one of summer’s flavor icons — a delicious BLT sandwich.

BLT Poppers

To create the appetizer crusts, all you have to do is mix KRAFT FRESH TAKE Cheddar Jack and Bacon packets with melted butter. Press them into mini muffin tins and bake. Talk about simple. David loves how these crusts mimic the texture of toasted bread on a BLT; and I have to tell you, the flavor is absolutely spectacular!

While the crusts are baking, mix up the simple filling. Again, it’s only two ingredients — PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and KRAFT Bacon Flavor Mayonnaise. I told you! Delish!

As soon as the crusts are out of the oven and cooling, pop a baking sheet with four strips of OSCAR MAYER Bacon, into the oven. Pre-cutting the bacon into the bite-sized pieces I needed for the appetizers saved so much time!

BLT Poppers

This is a good time to mince up the romaine lettuce and grape tomatoes, too. Then all that’s left is quickly assembling your fabulous BLT Popper appetizers.

Pipe the filling into the cooled crusts with a pastry bag or a zip-top bag that has the corner snipped off. Center one bacon piece in the middle of each popper and then garnish with the minced lettuce and tomatoes.

BLT Poppers

I think this recipe is a smart idea for packing maximum flavor in a single bite and I can’t wait to include them in our 4th of July appetizer line-up for our favorite guests! They’re beautiful to look at and delicious to eat!

Click here for the full recipe BLT Poppers

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at busy-at-home.com/blog/.

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