A warm amuse-bouche of sweet Ontario apple wedges, smoky bacon and soft creamy Canadian Oka cheese. These bites are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and remarkably simple to prepare.
Makes 24 pieces.
If Oka cheese is unavailable, Gorgonzola makes a savoury substitute.
For best results use Ontario Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji, Cortland or Red Delicious apples.
12 slices double-smoked bacon 12
1/4 grainy mustard 50 mL
2 Ontario Apples cut into 24 wedges 2
8 oz Oka cheese, cubed into 24 pieces 250 g
Before you begin: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°F).
In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon in batches until cooked through but not crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and let cool.
Cut each strip of bacon in half to make 24 small strips. Spread each strip with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) mustard and wrap around an apple wedge and piece of cheese. Secure with toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Arrange bites on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven just until bacon starts to bubble and cheese begins to melt, about 3-5 minutes. Do not overcook. Serve immediately.
Source: From the Ontario Apple Growers