I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!! Are you done shopping, wrapping, decorating? Tyler and I will be cozied up at home just the two of us this Christmas – it’s a bit different than the crazy family holidays we both grew up with as kids, but since we will be seeing everyone so soon for the wedding, we decided a quiet little Christmas at home sounded just right.
It won’t stop us from making a big ‘ole Christmas brunch though! If you are still putting together your menus for Christmas morning, you should add this to the list! I can tell you from experience they are a crowd pleaser and what’s even better is that you can make the mix ahead of time to easily serve a crowd – win, win!
In Portland a few months ago, we had brunch at The Urban Farmer – their Bloody Mary bar was unreal. If you follow me on Instagram (abuchanan217) you may have seen a photo of this gorgeous little set up:
Tyler’s Mom did an incredible job replicating the elaborate Bloody Mary bar at my bridal shower – complete with the candied bacon! She was sweet enough to share her tasty recipes below – enjoy!
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 T. pure maple syrup
1/2 lb. thick-sliced, applewood-smoked bacon
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a wire rack on top.
- Combine the brown sugar and pecans in food processor (or blender) and process until pecans are finely ground. Add the salt, black pepper, cayenne and pulse to combine.
- Add the maple syrup and pulse again to moisten crumbs.
- Cut each piece of bacon in half and line up on the wire rack. Evenly spread the pecan mixture on top of each piece of bacon and press.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until the topping is very brown but not burned. (If under-baked, the bacon won’t crisp as it cools)
The Best Bloody Mary Mix
1 quart (4 cups) V8 Juice
1 cup vodka (or let people add vodka themselves)
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 T. lime juice
3 T. Worcestershire Sauce
3 T. prepared horseradish
2 T. hot sauce
1 T. Manzanilla olive juice
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients. Stir well, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or even overnight.
Garnish with all or some of the following:
Pickled green beans
Mini mozzarella balls
Dill pickle spears or slices
Bacon (Regular and/or Carmelized)
(anthro etched monogram glass – thanks, lolly!)
I would like to dedicate this post to one of my dear friends and bridesmaids, Robin. To the girl who loves Bloody Marys more than anyone I know and whose dance moves are good enough to start a Wobble flash mob at Friendsgiving - this one’s for you, girl! xo