Linda Dawson of Sunday's Black Metal Brunch at Graffiti's in the Market (170 Baldwin, at Kensington, 416-506-6699) turns finger food into block-rockin' eats.[rssbreak]
"I drizzle the little suckers with maple syrup right at the end," notes the punk rock chef.
1 lb thickly sliced meaty bacon
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes
2 firm Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¾-inch cubes
1 small red onion, peeled and quartered lengthwise into slices
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
maple syrup (optional)
Italian parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Place squash and apple pieces in a bowl and toss with salt and pepper. Cut the bacon slices in two. For each Bite, stack a piece of squash with a piece of apple, a slice of onion and a slice of garlic. Wrap each stack tightly with a slice of bacon, secure the bacon with a toothpick and place the Bites upright on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes, turn Bites, and bake for another 5 minutes, or until squash is tender and bacon crisp. Remove from oven and allow the Bites to stand for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with optional maple syrup and parsley or other fresh herb.