These toothpicks are almost too pretty to use! I bought this beautiful set of (real!) seashell-topped toothpicks at a little shop in Florida and I can't wait to put them out at my next little party. The WONDERFUL news is now I can direct you to a place online to buy shell-topped toothpicks for your house! One of my favorite places now offer similar shell-topped toothpicks - get some at Fancy Flours today. You can use them to serve so many different appetizers - fruit, shrimp, mushrooms. Here is a recipe I love - use the shell-topped toothpicks AFTER they are cooked.
I am planning on serving bacon-wrapped dates as a hearty appetizer. This appetizer is always a hit - each bite is sticky, sweet, salty and savory all at once!
You cut a slice of raw bacon into 3 equal pieces (2-3 inches long) and then wrap each piece around a whole pitted dried date. Place the seam side down on a slotted broiler pan - be sure to have the broiler pan base on as well to catch the drippings. The dents in the pan are perfect for resting each date in, seam side down, this will keep the bacon snug around the date. (*If the bacon starts to unfurl, give in a use a standard toothpick to secure.)
Broil a few minutes and then, using tongs, turn each date over and broil on the other side until the bacon is completely cooked - approx 4 minutes on each side.
Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on a small ceramic dish and serve with shell topped toothpicks for an appetizer that is beautiful, interesting and delicious!