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Bacon Pizza Bites are a crowd pleaser and the perfect appetizer for a get together or party. Phyllo dough cups are filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and bacon and baked until warm. Your guests are going to go crazy for these!

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BACON PIZZA BITES + HOW BACON IS MADE

Today is a jam packed post full of useful information and mouthwatering food. You guys are going to love these Bacon Pizza Bites that only use four ingredients, and pack a lot of flavor into one small bite sized cup. These are a wonderful appetizer or finger food at a party or get together. They are also a big hit with the kids. 

This post is all about bacon. Have you ever wondered how bacon is made? Well I am here to fill you in on the process and help you learn more about the food you are consuming. Once you learn how your bacon is made I bet you will be craving it which means you will have to make this pizza bite recipe to satisfy that craving. 

Bacon Pizza Bites with Fresh Basil

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fresh Mark with the Ohio Pork Council. You might know their brands, Sugardale Foods and Superior’s Brand Meats. They are a family owned and operated company that prides itself on family values, high quality products and world class customer service. The company started in 1920 as the Stark Provisions Company and has always been an Ohio company. All of their products are American made, which I love. 

Their production facility located in Ohio has 3,000 employees company wide. They produce a variety of quality meats, bacon, ham, hot dogs, dry sausage and lunch meats. If you attend sporting events around the Ohio area you most likely have eating a Sugardale hotdog. They are the official hot dog partner for the Indians, Browns, Cavs and more. 

Our tour was of their bacon facility, where we watched the bacon go from a pork bellie to a slice of bacon that you would buy in your local grocery store. I was shocked to see how much bacon is produced in their facility but it does make sense, given that many American’s enjoy bacon. They make enough bacon to feed 652 million people breakfast each year. 

One of their most popular bacon varieties that many of you probably know is the Sugardale Hickory Smoked Bacons. But don’t worry, there is large variety of bacon for every taste, including thick sliced, extra thick sliced, natural uncured, center cut, applewood smoked, peppered, low sodium and applewood smoked pre-cooked. For those that love ham they have some great ham products. One that I really liked was their Sugardale Simple Carve Ham. This would be the perfect main dish for the holidays.

Now lets talk about how that bacon gets made. I found it very interesting!

HOW IS BACON MADE?

I found the process to make bacon very fascinating and much more complex than I originally thought. It is important to know where our food comes from and the process it goes through to get to our table so lets dive in!

Pork bellies arrive in combos which are lined in plastic. Sugardale’s raw receiving team checks the product to make sure it meets our quality standards.

Pork bellies are then ready to begin the journey to become bacon. 

 

Bellies are infused with a special blend of sugar and spices that’s given Sugardale Bacon it’s signature flavor for nearly 100 years, hung on metal trees to travel to the smokehouse, and smoked with natural hickory hardwood. 

Once the pork bellies are finished in the smokehouse, they go through a resting period where they are chilled. Bellies are then trimmed and sliced for packaging. Bacon is sliced and ready for packaging. 

The bacon is packed into boxes and make their way to your local grocery store shelves.

Bacon Pizza Bites

Bacon Pizza Bites

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 mini fillo {phyllo} dough shells
  • 2 cups pizza sauce {or tomato sauce}
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 pieces of bacon, cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped thin

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lay the fillo dough cups out on a baking sheet.
  3. Using a spoon fill each fillo dough shell with the pizza or tomato sauce. Top with the shredded cheese.
  4. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
  5. While the pizza bites are baking, cook your bacon to your liking. Once the bacon is cooked chop it up and set aside.
  6. Remove the pizza bites from the oven and sprinkle the cooked bacon on the pizza bites along with the fresh basil.
  7. Enjoy warm!

Notes

These hold up in the fridge for a day or two. When you are ready to eat them again just reheat them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

You can use other toppings such as sausage or chopped pepperoni.

Visit OhioPork.org for recipes and more information about Ohio pork.
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This post is sponsored by OhioPork.org. As always, all opinions are 100% my own

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