Bacon-Wrapped Little Boys

Total Time
8mins
Prep
5 mins
Cook
3 mins

In these politically correct times, this recipe should, I suppose, come with a warning to the mothers of little boys: that it may cause offence. In Australia, cocktail frankfurts have - from time immemorial - been called "little boys". In this simple, super-quick recipe, the little boys are wrapped in bacon, and then microwaved. Then do with them what you will! Use them as the basic ingredient in an upmarket hot-dog, with whatever additional ingredients - salads, cheeses, salsas, sauces - take your fancy, or serve them unadorned as coctail frankfurts - as an appetiser. This version of this rather old-fashioned recipe - popular in the seventies and eighties - is made in the microwave. For the best results, use skinless frankfurts. For Australians, use Don's skinless frankfurts. To the best of my knowledge, there is no equivalent recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Little Girls! This recipe has been adapted from one in Australian chef Margaret Fulton's book 'Microwave Cooking'.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 2 dozen cocktail franks
  • 12 slices middle rasher bacon, rind removed and all (or most)
  • parsley sprig (to garnish)

Directions

  1. Wrap 1/2 rasher of the bacon around each frankurt, and secure it with a toothpick.
  2. Place the bacon-wrapped little boys in the microwave, cover with a paper towel and cook for 3-4 minutes, or for the appropriate time, depending on the heat level of your microwave. As always with microwaved food, cook a little at a time, and move the little boys around in the course of the cooking from the outer to middle areas etc.
  3. Remove the toothpicks, garnish the bacon-wrapped little boys with sprigs of parsley and serve them in hot-dog rolls, as appetisers or with a potato salad.