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The return of bacon thingys

August 2, 2011

The first time I made them, I was desperate, sorta. I needed a dish to take to a church gathering I had forgotten about. And you know, momma always said never to arrive somewhere to eat without bringing a dish. That was tacky.
But I had forgotten about the event. I had about an hour to get ready and fix something. Living in Bellefontaine, it is not like I could stop by KFC to pick up a bucket of chicken.
I searched my favorite Bell’s Best Cookbook while changing clothes and reapplying makeup. I was looking for something quick and easy that I had all of the ingredients for at home.
Bell’s Best calls them just hors d’oeuvres, but I call them Bacon Thingys.
That night, the Thingys were a big hit. Since then, I try to make sure I do not get in that situation again, but just in case, I always try to keep the ingredients on-hand.
I kept the ingredients, but had not made them again.
About two years ago, I threw a Christmas ornament shower for a family in our church who had lost their home to a fire. Everyone in the community was invited, and my husband also attended the event.
I fixed a world of food for the shower, and at the last minute, decided to make Bacon Thingys to have one more dish.
The Thingys flew off the plate, with my husband eating the majority of them. Everyone asked for the recipe and since then, everyone seems to be making Thingys, much to my husband’s delight.
He has always accused me of making great things for public events that he never sees at home. He says I have some foods that I apparently make for myself. But after the ornament shower, he has demanded Bacon Thingys at our house — for breakfast, lunch or dinner. He says I could just randomly make them at any time, but claims to need them about once a week.
I am not into demands, but he has so few...and this one is so easy to meet.

Bacon Thingys

2 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise
1 package of Real Bacon Bits (not imitation) or 4 slices of cooked bacon
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Thin slivers of onion to taste
1/2 small package Cheddar cheese, shredded
u Mix all ingredients together. You may want a little less mayo. I never really measure, just put it together. Spread pretty thick on sliced bread. I like a heavier bread, but I have also used Wonder Bread slices if that’s what I have. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or so. Oven times may vary but you want the cheese to melt in the middle and if the bread is extra crispy on the bottom, it is YUM! The husband likes them for breakfast, but can be served anytime.

Gwen Sisson is the lifestyles editor for Starkville Daily News. She may be reached at sdnlife@bellsouth.net.

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