Well, this was a very fun party to plan!! For my husband’s birthday, I wanted to do something different. When I came up with the theme I had no idea how awesome bacon could be! We set out to create a whole menu based on bacon and we did. Every course had bacon from the adult beverages to the fudge favors. I am excited to share these details with you! If you were there, it will be a great reminder of the bacony fun we had! If you weren’t, we are SO sorry you missed it. I must admit…this was one of my favorite parties to date. Mostly because it was so perfect for the guest of honor!
Sit down menus aren’t normally my style of entertaining because they are time consuming when guests are there, but this one, I was very lucky to have the amazing Carrie Riewe in the kitchen keeping everything under control. In the spirit of full disclosure: I did NO cooking for this party!
Every great cocktail party has to have have a bar and a feature drink. Our feature drink…Bacon Old Fashions. Yep, that’s right bacon old fashions. We infused whiskey with bacon for several days to make the key ingredient. Plus, we added real bacon swizzle sticks as a garnish! I can’t say that I drank one of these, but they were a big hit!
What kind of menu do you have with every element having bacon?
Drum roll please…..here is the menu:
Bacon-Wrapped Tator Tots
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Garnished with
Sour Cream & Bacon
Apple & Prosciutto Salad
Chicken Marsala with Pancetta & Cream
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
Maple Syrup Pudding with Bacon
Let’s talk appetizers. This will sound a little strange, but one of the best foods of the evening were the Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots. I am NOT kidding. These little things were amazing and have made appearances at several parties since. We also had a fabulous brie en croute – who doesn’t love an ooey, gooey brie! Yum! The remaining 4 courses were served at the table. The soup course was Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Garnished with Sour Cream & Bacon. This soup was outstanding! It was made with pounds and pounds of fresh tomatoes, chopped and then simmered for hours in the kitchen.Salad course was Apple & Prosciutto. It was really beautiful. The great thing I have learned over the last few years is that simple is often better wehn it comes to food! Apple & Prosciutto Sala d
Ooo the main course! So much goodness in the main course! The Chicken Marsala with Pancetta & Cream was perfect! On the side, Mushroom Risotto was amazing and to round it off…Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon. Who doesn’t like roasted brussell sprouts? I am saying that to be funny a little, but really who doesn’t love these? They are amazing.
Here is the second part of the Bacon Mania Party: Tables, Treats & Favor!