There are few words for how to describe the feeling. Hopeful? Excited? Validated? Ecstatic? Terrified? Well, maybe there are a lot of words to describe it, but the overall emotion is pretty darn good!
My suggestion? Invite your loyal supportive friends and readers over for a tiny celebration. It’s not winning the Super Bowl but it’s a milestone that deserves recognition. There’s nothing like a few snacks and glasses of wine or beer to get yourself ready to hunker down for the nail-biting wait ahead.
This recipe comes from a snack so old I can hardly remember the first time I tasted it. A friend’s great-grandmother used to make these in the old country (someplace in Europe, I honestly don’t think I ever knew but havarti is such a luscious Danish cheese, I suspect she was from somewhere in the Netherlands). My friend’s mother never cooked so when he became a chef, he liked to whip up Havarti Bacon Bites for the staff every now and again. Really delicious in an indulging yourself and gotta get to the gym that evening kinda way … but hey, getting a request for a full manuscript deserves a few unhealthy calories in my book!
Cheesy Havarti and Bacon Bites
1 Fresh Baguette
1 Onion, Diced
½ lb. Sliced Smoked Bacon (5-6 slices)
1 lb. Havarti Cheese
1 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, minced
Black Pepper to taste
1 T butter
Melt butter in sauté pan. Sauté onions until soft. Slice Baguette in half, long ways. Spread sautéd onions and slices of havarti cheese then sprinkle with black pepper and minced rosemary. Replace top of bread and place loaded loaf on baking sheet. Drape bacon slices at an angel over the top and around the sides of the baguette. Place in oven under medium broiler until bacon is crispy and cheese is melted.
Slice into 2” pieces and serve with a nice white wine!
Cheesy Bites Variations
- Toss ½ lb salad shrimp inside with the Havardi before broiling and substitute Old Bay seasoning for the minced rosemary
- Use Cheddar instead of Havardi
- Try Swiss instead of Havardi and add ½ diced red pepper to the sautéd onions then wrap the baguettes in Pastrami instead of bacon
Now, return to the keyboard and start writing your next book because something truly wonderful just may happen very soon!