I know, I know, I am exactly five days late with a Rosh Hashana recipe. But these little salty-sweet nuggets are totally delicious, so I hope you’ll forgive me? Also, just so we’re all clear, I know this isn’t a perfect Rosh Hashana recipe, what with the very-not-kosher bacon and all. But this is how the Boyfriend and I — with our lovely friends Lauren and Adam — rang in the New Year last week.
And I guess I should admit, just between us, that I had a secret agenda with these appetizers. Traditionally, apples and honey are eaten at Rosh Hashana to guarantee a sweet new year. Well, Lauren and Adam are up-and-moving to San Francisco this week like total jerks, and our Rosh Hashana dinner doubled as a farewell double date. So I snuck a little bacon in with all the sweetness in the hopes that maybe they will have just a salty-sweet new year instead of a totally sweet one, and maybe they will hate the west coast, and maybe they’ll decide they made a mistake and turn that u-haul right around and be back in Brooklyn before the christmas lights go up. A girl can dream, right? I’m not saying I want them to be totally miserable, I just want them to remember that their New York friends are their best friends forever and their home is on the east coast and moving to San Francisco is the rudest / dumbest thing ever and when are they coming back I miss them already.
I’m handling this move with remarkable maturity, don’t you think? Anyway, these little salty-sweet honey-bacon-apples were just the thing I needed to get me through our farewell dinner with minimal tears. Really, who can cry when there is bacon-wrapped anything on the table? (Hint: Lauren and I were in and out of hysterics throughout the evening, but the bacon-wrapped apples only helped that situation and ugly crying is the new cute crying, right? GUYS, RIGHT?)
Whether you’re Jewish-voodoo-sabotaging a friend’s move next Rosh Hashana or just looking for a decadent and easy fall appetizer, you should def bookmark these honey-bacon-wrapped apples. In the oven, the bacon transforms into a salty, crispy wrapper around a softened, sweet little apple wedge. The honey bakes into a caramelized blanket over the whole bite, and the pepper contrasts nicely with the sweet apple and honey. They’re just the thing to get a girl through a tough move, or into a sweet and interesting new year. Shanah tovah, everybody!
To my friends, Lauren and Adam,
I miss you already! I really hope you move back to New York, because I love you both and I think you’re the greatest. But if I can’t get that, I wish you the best in your new adventures! Also, Lauren, a silly thing like the continental U.S. can’t come between two gemini twins like us, particularly not when Adam and I have such well-developed, serious plans to open a restaurant together. So hugs, kisses, and good luck — and let’s really do that thing where we chat on the phone a few times each week for just a few minutes, it’ll be like you never even moved.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo forever and ever,
your once-and-future roomie,
- 2 apples
- 1 pack of bacon
- 1 T. honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Challah, for serving
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the apples into about 15 wedges each. Cut the bacon into thirds -- so the pieces are just big enough to wrap around the apple wedges. Wrap the bacon pieces around each apple wedge, and arrange them bacon-seam-side-down in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle the honey over the wedges and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes or so, until the bacon is browned and the apples are withered. Serve warm with slices of challah. Happy new year!