Kate,

With all my holiday entertaining I've been trying to make appetizers that do not include bread and cheese or my beloved crostini.  I made this the other night and it was a hit.  Tastes like a loaded baked potato but healthier and prettier!

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/endive-spears-sweet-potato-bacon.aspx

My other fav is candied bacon!  Sinful but delish!

Preheat oven to 375.
Place bacon on a parchment covered baking sheet.
Bake for 10 min or so.  Take out and drain the fat.  Cover in maple syrup and add cayenne if you like a little heat.
Put back in oven and cook until crispy.  About 20 min in my oven.
Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

Let cool and place in the ever trendy mason jar.  Voila!

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