Where's Shane? Making Super Bowl party appetizers

Are you throwing or attending a Super Bowl party next weekend? If you are, you know having snacks for the big game is a must!

Today Shane is out at Apron Strings in Hutch to create some delicious appetizers, and hopefully give YOU some ideas on how to make your party one for the books!

He'll also be talking about some upcoming cooking classes at Apron Strings, including one specifically designed around Super Bowl snacks! For more info check out Apron Strings Website

Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam
1 ½ pound thick smoked peppered bacon, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, finely diced
6 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 cup strong coffee (brewed)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup bourbon
½ teaspoon cumin

1-2 chipotle chilies in adobo, finely chopped (based in users preference of heat, add the chipotles a bit at a time, taste testing as you go, to bring the heat up to the point where it is a nice undertone without overwhelming.)

Cook the bacon in a large sauce pan over medium heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove from pan. Set aside. Drain bacon grease from the pan. Blot with paper towel. Add the onions to the pan and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add the vinegar and coffee and deglaze the pan. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, bacon, cumin, chipotle chilies, and pepper, reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to a syrupy consistency. Serve on bread, toast, or crackers. Makes a great sandwich condiment or a topping for baked brie.

Sweet Bourbon Bacon Sticks

1 lb thick-cut, peppered bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup bourbon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine brown sugar and bourbon in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the bourbon syrup. Flip, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and repeat process another time or two more, until bacon is crispy and browned, and you’ve used all the glaze. Cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.