When you're poor, 23, in a new city and unemployed, peanut butter is your best friend. Peanut butter on oatmeal for breakfast. Peanut butter and jelly for lunch. A scoop of peanut butter for a snack. You get the deal.
But when you're on your parents dime, as I was just a week ago, you can afford things like bacon and parmesan and cream cheese. You are be free to add a little more here, an extra dash there. You can read recipes out of Southern Living Magazine, such as this one. You can live like a Queen!
Thank goodness for memories, and peanut butter.
Bacon Parmesan Tassies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Shape mixture into 24 balls, and place on a baking sheet; cover and chill 1 hour.
2. Place dough balls into cups of a lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin pan; press dough, forming a shell.
3. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together half-and-half and next 2 ingredients. Sprinkle bacon into pastry shells; top each with 1 tsp. cheese. Drizzle half-and-half mixture over cheese. Sprinkle chives over half-and-half mixture.
4. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Serve warm.