Peppered Bacon-Roasted Plums

Any stone fruit would be delicious -- and just as beautiful -- in this recipe. You can even get away with using less-than-ripe fruit because they will be softened considerably in the process of roasting and crisping. You can also use plain bacon and pepper it to your liking.

Yield: 1 dozen , Prep time: 15 minutes , Cook time: 25 minutes



1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Halve each slice of bacon. Cut the plums in half, remove the pit, and then slice each half into thirds.
3. Wrap a half-slice of bacon around each plum wedge and secure with toothpicks. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
4. After 15 minutes, remove from the oven and let rest. Just before serving, then, remove the toothpicks and sear the bacon in a nonstick pan until it is crispy.
5. Remove from the pan, let cool enough to handle, and serve right away.

Tips + Tricks

**It is important to cut the fruit in pretty large wedges so they hold up to all the cooking and don't fall apart. Don't cut them in pieces smaller than sixths. BUT, you might keep them as large as halves and serve a pair as a stand-alone salad, or the "meat" of a toasted sandwich with melty brie.