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Fiery Summer Bruschetta W/ Zesty Olive Spread & Spicy Candie

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“This is a great recipe for those hot summer nites when you dont want to really cook much...This recipe was one of two of the competition on the Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown 3- Hot-n-Spicy, 30 minute round. I know the ingredient list looks daunting - in fact, I took some heat from the Good Housekeeping judge for having 28 ingredients....but most of these ingredients you should already have in your pantry, and its very easy to make, so give it a try!!”

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  1. For the bacon -Preheat oven to 450. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place a baking rack over the paper lined tray and arrange bacon slices across the rack – do not overlap. In small bowl combine the syrup and cayenne. With pastry brush, brush the bacon generously with the mixture. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until done. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. For the Summer Salad – In bowl, add the vinegar, honey, Dijon and lime juice and zest. Whisk to combine. While whisking, slowly drizzle the olive oil to make a dressing. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. For the bruschetta – In large sauté pan, add the olive oil, cayenne and garlic. When garlic has browned, remove and discard. Add the bread slices and cook until browned. You may need to add more olive oil to pan if the bread soaks up too much. Flip the bread and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking on this side until it is browned. Remove to tray and set aside until ready to plate the dish.
  4. For the Zesty Olive Spread – in food processor, place all ingredients. Pulse until all ingredients are pureed. Check for seasoning and set aside until ready to use.
  5. Assembly – Place two pieces bread on each plate. Spread the zesty olive spread ontop of the bread. Lay two pieces candied bacon ontop of the spread. Top with the summer salad.

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