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Nutrition Analysis: Per serving: 343 calories, 17 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 4.5 g monounsaturated fat, 1.5 g polyunsaturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 358 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 29%.

 

Mini Bacon-Save Your-Life Appetizer (Based on The Bacon Explosion)

Although it's not exactly a health food, this is a lighter version of the original Bacon Explosion recipe found on the BBQ Addicts website.

Ingredients:

12-ounce package Louis Rich turkey bacon (or similar)
1 tablespoon favorite barbecue rub or spice blend
12 ounces Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat Pork Sausage (or similar)
1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with foil.
  • Create a square of woven turkey bacon slices by laying 5 slices of turkey bacon on a flat surface from north to south and 5 more from east to west then create a tight weave of turkey bacon.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon or two of your favorite barbecue seasoning on top of your bacon weave. Fry up the remaining turkey bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels then crumble the slices into smaller pieces; set aside.
  • Unwrap your package of light sausage and stretch out the sausage to create layers so it covers the bacon weave, leaving one row of bacon uncovered at one end.
  • Take the crumbled pieces of bacon and sprinkle them evenly over the layer of sausage. Drizzle the barbecue sauce all over the bacon pieces. You can sprinkle some more barbecue rub (a teaspoon or two) over the top of this if desired.
  • Carefully separate the front edge of the sausage layer from the bacon weave and begin rolling up the sausage with the bacon filling, Once the sausage is all rolled up, pinch together the seams and ends to seal all of the bacon goodness inside. Now roll the sausage forward, completely wrapping it in the turkey bacon weave. Set the rolled up turkey bacon and sausage roll into the prepared loaf pan (it will just barely fit).
  • Sprinkle some barbecue seasoning on the outside of the bacon weave roll if desired. Cover the loaf pan with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue to bake until the sausage is cooked throughout and the bacon weave on the outside is dark brown (about 10 to 15 minutes more). Let the bacon roll rest for 10 minutes. You can brush a couple of tablespoons of barbecue sauce over the outside of the roll if desired.
  • Cut with serrated knife into 8 or more slices. Serve this by itself as an appetizer or serve it with whole wheat crackers or sliced baguette bread.

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