Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon

Sweet candied brown sugar bacon tops a savory and salty broiled parmesan cheese toast – these are good enough to be called the Best Appetizer Ever!
Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon, aka The Best Appetizer Ever! | ChezCateyLou.com

Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon is quite a long name for a recipe…I should have just called it The Best Appetizer Ever. Because honestly – this really is the BEST appetizer ever. I mean first of all – brown sugar bacon, aka candied bacon, aka sugared bacon – that alone could be considered one of the best appetizers ever. Sweet and salty and crispy – I could eat an entire plate full of just that! But what makes this THE best is the parmesan cheese toast points. The combo of the nutty salty parmesan broiled on the toast and then topped with the bacon is nothing short of life-changing. Seriously.

Growing up, this appetizer was always served at family parties at our country club. Any get together HAD to include this hors d’oeuvres. And they were always the first to go. In fact at our wedding, we ordered double the amount of these because we knew that everyone would go crazy for them. And yet even after having these for years, I had never actually tried to make them myself. Well…now I know how to make them, and, I know how easy it is to make them – this is going to be dangerous. My brother has already requested that I make a giant platter for Christmas Eve!

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Butternut Squash Crostini

Butternut squash crostini with ricotta, cider caramelized onions, and fried sage – an elegant yet easy appetizer for Thanksgiving that will wow your guests!

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It is a deliciously exciting week here on Chez CateyLou – I am celebrating all things Thanksgiving with an amazing group of bloggers! If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you can read a little more about our collaborative Thanksgiving dinner.

I am starting the week off with an amazing appetizer that is perfect for Thanksgiving. Butternut Squash Crostini with Ricotta, Cider Caramelized Onions, and Fried Sage. That is a mouthful of a title, so I shortened it to Butternut Squash Crostini. But I almost didn’t because I didn’t want to short-change any of the ingredients in this recipe – they all work so well together and are integral to the delicious and addictive flavor of this crostini. It is a gorgeous appetizer that will be the star of any Thanksgiving appetizer spread!
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Golden Raisin Pecan Bread

Homemade bread is full of sweet, plump raisins and toasty, nutty pecans. Golden Raisin Pecan Bread will be your new favorite loaf!

Golden Raisin Pecan Bread | chezcateylou.com

What is your favorite food? I know it is so hard to pick, but if you absolutely forced me to, I think I would say bread. I love bread! And it doesn’t get any better than this homemade Golden Raisin Pecan Bread.

Seriously, this loaf is a winner. Everything about it is perfect – the texture, the flavor, the crust, the looks. It is one of the best loaves I’m made so far. And bonus – the recipe makes two loaves so you can eat one right away and freeze slices of the other one to have fresh bread for weeks!  The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe.
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Simple Summer Bruschetta

Simple Summer Bruschetta is the perfect way to highlight the delicious flavor of summer tomatoes. It is so easy to prepare but looks beautiful and elegant.
Simple Summer Bruschetta | chezcateylou.com

I have the perfect summer Monday recipe for you – Simple Summer Bruschetta. When I say simple, I am not kidding. This recipe is so easy, it is barely a recipe! And that is just what my Mondays call for. After a long day of work, the last thing I want to do on Monday nights is spend hours cooking. And while TheBetterHalf might not think bruschetta is dinner, for me it is the perfect light meal!
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Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin bread is the easiest yeast bread you will ever make and it tastes absolutely delicious! It is the perfect toasting bread!
Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread | chezcateylou.com

Happy Sunday! How was everyone’s weekend? TheBetterHalf and I were in DC to celebrate his sister’s graduation from college. So even though I was not baking bread this weekend, I can still tell you about it!

Remember this English Muffin bread? I love it because it is one of the easiest yeast breads I have ever made – and it is delicious! Well I decided to change it up a bit and make a cinnamon raisin version. It is equally as easy as the original, and it tastes even more delicious – because in my opinion, you can never have enough cinnamon!… 

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