thirsty thursday
cocktail nibbles: bacon crackers & dill horseradish dip

Whether for a quick bite to tide over the appetites of ravenous holiday dinner guests, or a satiating snack mid-game for those enraptured by late-day football, these simple, deliciously retro nibbles are sure to satisfy the most carniverous among the crowd.

It's really very simple.  The "more official" recipe can be found at Garden and Gun Magazine's website, and references the original Martha Foose, author of A Southerly Course. (Both capture the charm of the South and are worth a long look.)  This is how we tackled the little beauties:

Cut a pound or so of bacon (this is the 'party size' recipe.) into thirds crosswise. (Naturally, I made it more difficult by trimming each piece a bit thinner to wrap around little wheat thin-style crackers instead of the traditional club crackers most people use...)  

Wrap each slice around your choice of cracker, without overlapping. Lay each about 1/2" apart on a baking sheet in which you've placed a rack.  (a boiler pan would work just fine, if you don't have a handy rack)  Bake in 250 degree, preheated oven, for about an hour and a half, or until bacon begins to 'tug in' the sides of the cracker.  Cool on a rack.  Eat.  Lots of 'em.

Our friend Steve, who is now likely the world's greatest fan of Bacon Crackers, served his with a makeshift horseradish dip of  store-bought french onion dip, which is genius.  Like he is.  (Remember that bacon horseradish dip you used to buy in the dairy section?  That was my favorite.)  He inspired this dressed-up version that we dipped our crackers in with delight, and then licked the bowl clean of the little that was left.  

Dill Horseradish Dip

1 8 oz carton sour cream
1 T, or more, to taste, bottled grated horseradish
1/2 t each, or more, to taste, dill weed, onion salt, and powdered worcestershire  (the liquid will do fine, if that's what you have on hand)

Stir together, refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavors to meld.  Yeah. That's all.  It's easy.  Which is required for these days of feasting. Or football-cheering. Or napping. Whatever.

And should you be of a like mind, try a few of these bacon-friendly bites:
photo courtesy of South Austin Foodie
The event took place at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, a living history museum, which is worthy of a visit all on it's own, replete with period costumes and buildings, a general store, five themed historic areas to explore: a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a German Emigrant Farm, a Texian Farm, a Cotton Planter's Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. In each area you can see real Texas history. Explore more than 90 beautiful, wooded acres, and discover exciting, memorable ways to experience Texas' past with your family. Don’t miss the Scaborough Barn where you can get up close with your favorite farm animal friends! (from

We will ink this event in on our calendar for next year, and, if you find yourself in Austin around that time, which is beautiful here and the perfect time for a visit, I might add, we recommend wholeheartedly that you meet us there!


  1. These are the yummiest and easiest cocktail cracker to make. I am so grateful to you, for showing me these a while back. I even made these with gluten free crackers once and the person that received them decided the whole plate was for her and not for the other guests. :) I love that pic of you and Tom too cute just like you both are. <3

    1. thank you, sista! Aren't they easy, easy, easy? I love that I have to make so many of them, because Tom usually makes a meal of them while I do.

      About that I'm not very photogenic, but Tom is, so it distracts, thankfully. lol

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

  2. Looks fabulous! I agree...everything is better with bacon. Great picture of you guys.

    1. One day I'm going to make my own bacon. I promise. lol I'll share it when I do. (and thank you--I'm not much for pics, but the hubby looks nice, lol)


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