These are GREAT little appetizers to take to parties or serve company. Taken from a Paula Deen magazine, there are easy, yet scrumptious!
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teas ground red pepper
16 slices thick cut bacon
1/4 cup softened butter
24 (2 in thick) diagonally cut french bread slices
3 tables butter
3 table flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cups ( 8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tables freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 lbs thinkly sliced smoked deli turkey
2 tables chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place on baking sheet.
In a bowl, combine brown sugar and red pepper. Dredge bacon slices in a brown sugar mixture, shaking off excess and place on prepared rack. Bake for 15-18 min or until crisp and golden brown and caramalized. Let cool on rack. Cut each slice into 3 equal pieces.
Preheat broiler. Line another large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Using 1/4 cup of the butter, spread over 1 side of bread slices; place slices, buttered side up, on prepared baking sheet. Broil until toasted. Set aside on pan.
In medium saucepan, melt 3 tables butter over medium-low heat. Add flour, whisking until smooth. Cook for 1 min, whisking constantly. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly for 10 min or until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; add cheeses, whisking until cheese melts.
Arrange turkey slices over toasted bread slices. Spoon about 2 tables cheese sauce over each. Broil for 2-3 min or until lightly browned and bubbly. Remove from broiler and place on serving platter. Top each slice with 2 bacon pieces. Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and parsley if desired. Serve immediately.