Bacon-Wrapped Bread Sticks
- 1 pound high-quality bacon strips
- 1 large package grissini-style bread sticks
- 1 box dark brown sugar
Cut bacon strips in half and lay them out on a cutting board. Break the bread sticks into 4-inch lengths. Sprinkle the bacon with brown sugar so that the bacon is completely coated. Press the sugar onto the bacon with your fingers. Continue to sprinkle sugar and press it on until no more sugar will adhere.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Set a rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Roll the bacon strips, sugar side in, around the bread sticks in a spiral fashion. Be sure to begin as close to the bread stick edge as possible and roll very tightly. Place seam side down on the rack. Bake about 20 minutes, but watch carefully so that the sugar doesn't burn in the last minutes of cooking. Remove them from the oven and let rest for an hour on the rack to become firm. (To prepare ahead and freeze, bake the sticks half way, freeze on a baking sheet, and store in the freezer in a plastic bag. To serve, bake the sticks for the remaining 10 minutes.)
Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali