Just recently one of my kids was told they needed to be on a gluten-free diet/meal plan. As my luck would have it, it ended up being the pickiest eater out of all of my children. This made the task a tad bit harder. However, I eventually found some great recipes that even she would eat! I’ve decided to share them for others who may be struggling. Keep in mind you can tweak these recipes to fit your own taste buds or needs.
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Chunks
Aside from ingredients you will need the following:
1 pound of sliced bacon
1 20 ounce can of sliced pineapple (be sure to drain it)
2 tablespoons of honey (we used honey from the local farmer’s market)
¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of chipotle chili/chile powder
1 tablespoon of chopped green onion (we used this as a garnish so it is definitely optional)
To start you will need preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then you need to take your sheet pan and line it with foil. Next place it on the top wire rack in the oven. Do this prior to it reaching the preheated temperature.
Now cut each strip in the pound of bacon in half. It is option if you want to cut the center and have two thicker pieces or cut lengthwise and have two thinner pieces. We have actually made this cutting both ways.
Take a skewer and and stick it through one end of the bacon strip. Skewer a piece of pineapple and wrap the bacon around it. Skewer the middle piece of the bacon and skewer another piece of pineapple. Now, skewer the end of the bacon and another pineapple chunk and wrap it around. You will need to repeat this process until you have used all of the bacon and all of the pineapple chunks. *We used seven skewers and had one that was only two chunks of pineapple.
Now drizzle the pineapple and bacon skewers with honey. We drizzled a little extra because my daughter loves honey. You can also leave this step out if you are not a honey fan. Then very lightly sprinkle the chipotle chili/chile powder on top so that it sticks to the honey. Again, this is optional and not required.
Once the oven has reached its preheated temperature, open it and place the 7 skewers on the foil lined baking sheet. Close the oven and set the time for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, flip the skewers over and reset the timer for another 15 minutes. Check periodically to see if the bacon is crisp as it may not take the full extra 15 minutes. Once they are crisp or to your liking, garnish with green onions. Let stand for 5-10 minutes so they cool down and then enjoy it.
This is a recipe my daughter actually requests pretty often. She does change it up and sometimes doesn’t want the chipotle powder or green onions. Usually she wasn’t extra though.