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John Morrell BaconSometimes I feel like it’s impossible to get anything done efficiently anymore. I’m attending to one task, and then my attention is grabbed by something totally irrelevant.

Case in point: I’m hanging up wet laundry over the weekend. The vast majority of my clothes get line-dried instead of being tossed in the dryer. Sometimes this is a monumental process, and my laundry room often looks like a second closet. So, I’m hanging up laundry, and something on the laundry cart catches my eye. Hey! It’s that dog brush I forgot I had, the rubber one that gets all the dander off the dog and zaps shedding hair better than most brushes made for dogs. I grab the brush, the dog and drag him onto the back porch to get to work. The rest of the damp laundry sits in the purgatory of the basket, out of the washing machine but not yet hung (and totally defeating the purpose of hanging it when it’s damp to alleviate wrinkles).

Same thing happened online today. I set out to look for a new bacon recipe because John Morrell Bacon is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, and we all need more bacon in our lives. However, I got distracted by a post about essential oils on Pinterest, which led me to reading about how to clean my diffuser, which lead me to cleaning my diffuser, which led me to remembering I needed to get this work finished, so I sat back down…and opened Facebook, where there was a lovely bacon recipe staring me straight in the eyes.

The only problem is…you can’t get distracted while defrosting the tots. You have to finish this recipe. Your family will thank you for it.

The original recipe came with a sauce idea as well, but my family isn’t big on sauces. If you’re so inclined, serve with a side of barbecue or ranch to dip.

Cheesy Bacon Tots

Ingredients:
3 cups tater tots, thawed to room temperature
4 oz cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
16 oz John Morrell Bacon (each strip cut into thirds)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions:
Set tater tots out to thaw. While they are coming to room temperature, preheat the oven to 400° F. When tots are thawed, cut them in half lengthwise, and place a cube of cheese inside. Press halves back together, and wrap with a piece of bacon.

Mix brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl. Roll each bacon-wrapped tot in the brown sugar mixture.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place each tot, bacon seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat until you run out of bacon.

Bake for 20 minutes, turning the tots over halfway through the baking process. Cook until bacon is crisp. Serve hot.

Makes about 24 tots

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 96, Calories from Fat: 58, Fat: 6 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 9 mg, Sodium: 224 mg, Potassium: 55 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 3 g.

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