Bacon, Ham, Cheese Phyllo Pizza Bites ~ Tailgating, Game Day Week 2

Week 2 Submission ends midnight Monday, Sep 5th
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 Game Day
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Today starts the kickoff for many college teams while a few like our Jaguars played Thursday evening. Yea for our new team, now 18 - 0. Today also starts week 2 in this giveaway series.

First, I want to thank those participating last week over a very hectic weekend, one that saw the fury of a hurricane dump on the eastern seaboard, and I'm not talking of the Miami team here, a horrid monster that caused disruption and chaos to millions. Folks, I know how you feel. I have been through a few, many in fact, some like the category 5 that knocked on our door back in '05. Powerful, mean and outright nasty, I know of no hurricane that has ever brought a plate of goodness. God bless all of you, and for those of you still suffering, may recovery come quick.

Secondly, congratulations to Tasty Trix for her winning pretzel recipe in last week's game. We had some awesome recipes and as a reminder, only entrants get to vote on a winner. I hope more of you can find time to get into the football spirit, join in and share your recipes before Monday night - doing so gets you a chance to choose this week's game winning recipe. Each week's winner gets an e-book of my newest publication due out in January, Best of Drick's Kitchen and every recipe you enter gives you a play in the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the season.

See the 'rulebook' for plays enhancing your game experience.

Tailgating and Game Day Week

Today I plan on sitting in the comfort of my home, making some dips shared by some of you, wings and sauces, eating and drinking myself into a state of football frenzy. There are so many answers waiting to be played out. What if Oregon beats LSU? Will the Ducks go the distance? Which Alabama two quarterbacks will take the first snap and how will using two work out? Why are the Sooners playing a warm-up game? Who are those Florida Owls? Gosh, I think I am already there....

This is an easy pizza type appetizer that I sometime make for dinner as well. Think of it as an ooey-gooey, loaded buttery puffed ham and cheese open-face, with bacon and tomato for good measure pie. Oh yeah, this is a good one, very tasty. Enjoy!

Bacon, Ham, Cheese Phyllo Pizza Bites
makes 24-32 appetizers or serves 2 hungry folks

14 oz Campari tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter, melted
8 sheets fresh phyllo pastry or frozen, thawed
1 3/4 cups grated American Cheddar blend or mild cheddar, about 8 oz
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella, about 6 oz
9 oz sliced cured ham, torn into bite-size pieces
8 strips bacon, cooked crisp and torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 small onion thinly sliced, optional
fresh ground black peppercorns

Place tomatoes on double layer of paper towels, add a thin layer of salt and place another sheet or two of paper towels on top. Let set for 30 minutes to leach out liquid.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Brush a 15x10 x1 inch baking pan with butter and place phyllo sheet in the pan. Edges can go up the sides. Brush with 1 teaspoon of butter and sprinkle lightly with about 1 tablespoon of mozzarella. Lay another sheet of phyllo, brush with butter and with the 1 tablespoon of mozzarella. Repeat with remaining sheets of phyllo laying with butter and mozzarella. Top with half of the yellow cheese and scatter with the ham and bacon. Add onions if desired and add half of the remaining two cheeses. Place tomatoes on top, sprinkle with the pepper and the remaining cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden brown around the edges. Tomatoes should be tender and cheese nice and melted. Remove from oven, let set for 5  minutes and cut to desired serving pieces.

Note: If using puff-pastry, do not butter the pan; otherwise follow directions as given.

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  1. A day filled with football and food sounds like a winner to me. I just might join you after this last round of canning today! Enjoy the long weekend! :)

  2. Ah yes... When the Chiefs are undefeated and hope springs eternal... well, for the next week anyway

    And I am in! Better luck to me this week! Thanks again for hosting, my favorite linky party!

  3. Fun Drick! This is right up my alley. My son is the head coach for a high school football team. This is his second year, and boy did we enjoy a terrific game last night. They lost by 9, but played their hearts out. Nothing better than football!

  4. So glad my fav Diva Foodie won this week with her pretzel love it! HAppy Safe labor day to all and your pizza looks wonderful!

  5. What a fun idea, Drick. We love it when football season starts and always enjoy the tail-gating food. I added in two of my recipes.

  6. I love this linky party, but as much as I try, I don't seem to be able to get it together to participate. We haven't converted to being gator fans yet, but I am sure it's just around the corner.

  7. What a great feature!!! Now to many winners!

  8. Nice looking pizza there...would be a major hit at any party! Great line up too, sorry I did not do it in time :(


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