I feel like I’ve been churning out unnatural amounts of food from my kitchen since mid-October and I’m just done. I swear, we’ve only eaten frozen pizza and cold cereal in the last week-and-a-half and I’m not a tiny bit sorry. Problem is, we still have New Year’s Eve festivities and, well, the fam can only handle so much Raisin Bran, you know?

When it comes to appetizers, these are about as easy and crowd-pleasing (and completely addictive) as they come. I also love them because you can pop them in a slow cooker set to low and keep them warm all night. Sure, they’re a heart attack on a toothpick, but that’s why these are New Year’s EVE appetizers–go wild the night before and then you can break out the celery sticks and cottage cheese the next day.
Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Sausages
Recipe from Our Best Bites
1 14-oz. package Lit’l Smokies
1 12-oz. package lean bacon
3/4 c. brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the slab of bacon into thirds.

Wrap 1/3 of each slice of bacon around each sausage and secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet.

Repeat with remaining sausages and bacon. When I was making these, the stars somehow aligned and this package of Lit’l Smokies and Hormel Black Label bacon matched up completely–no leftover bacon, no leftover sausage. Sprinkle brown sugar over sausages

and bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until bacon has cooked and is starting to brown.

If you’re serving these at a party, they taste even better after a little time in the slow cooker on low heat. And that bacon grease that has co-mingled with the brown sugar? Let’s just not think about what it actually is and focus on how that salty-sweetness is a perfect glaze for these little suckers.


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