Cheesy Turkey Bacon Bites!

If you like cheese, if you like turkey, and if you like bacon (and heaven help you if you like all three), here is a quick and easy cheesy appetizer to try out before your next dinner party.

Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Cooking spray
1-1/2 (5 ounce) finely chopped Parmesan cheese
1-2/3 cups milk
¼ cup butter
3 T all-purpose flour
½ cup (2 ounce) shredded medium Cheddar cheese
1/8 t salt
1/8 t pepper
4 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey cut into 2” squares
4 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
½ cup diced fresh tomato
Garnish: fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Spoon Parmesan cheese by T ½ inch apart onto prepared baking sheets forming 12 (2-1/2 inch) rounds on each sheet.
  2. Bake 1 sheet at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and beginning to set. Working quickly, transfer cheese rounds to a lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin pan pressing gently into each cup to form shells.  Repeat procedure with second baking tray.
  3. Microwave milk for 30 seconds on high or until warm. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Whisk in flour; cook whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.  Whisk in shredded Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Line each Parmesan shell with 2 turkey pieces and fill each with 1 t cheese sauce.  Bake 5 minutes.  Remove from pan to wire rack and top with crumbled bacon and diced tomato.
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