QUICK APPS & FOOTBALL SNAPS: Week 7 – Bacon and cream cheese wrapped asparagus spears
For Week 7, I’m going to get you going with seven strips of bacon – to be smothered in cream cheese and wrapped around asparagus. OK, it may be a couple county lines over from healthy, but we all deserve a break once in a while.
When in doubt, add cream cheese. Philadelphia sushi roll? Best one there is. Plain ass bagel? Say no more. And don’t even get me started on cheesecake.
Also, Kraft is about to completely kill the cream cheese game – they’ve made it laced with bacon. But, I have to say I may have misled you a bit – while you can certainly use cream cheese for this recipe, I’d recommend Neufchâtel cheese for a healthier version. (Sure, I could’ve put that word in the recipe title, but you probably would have been all “WTF?”)
Neufchâtel is packaged exactly like cream cheese and even sits right next to it on the shelf. So what’s the difference? Fat content.
By law, (I am absolutely picturing cops wearing cow-printed uniforms for this) cream cheese must contain at least 33 percent milk fat and no more than 55 percent moisture. Neufchâtel has about 23 percent milk fat and a slightly higher moisture content. Neufchâtel also has more protein (2.8 percent) than cream cheese (2.1 percent).
So, just look past all the bacon fat you’re about to incur and feel good about this treat.
Week 7 (Oct. 16-20): Bacon and Cream Cheese Wrapped Asparagus Spears
Knowledge while you nosh:
I have learned that when you are in doubt with football knowledge, you should start dropping names – mostly of quarterbacks. You can cram your brain with great NFL know-how through this article on how certain quarterbacks are currently outplaying their stats – or not.
Kick off Week 7 tonight with a match-up between the New York Jets and New England Patriots at 8:25 p.m. on CBS. Early Sunday games go to the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams at 1 p.m. on Fox, the Arizona Cardinals and the Oakland Raiders at 4:25 p.m. on Fox, and Sunday ends with the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos at 8:25 p.m. on NBC. Monday Night Football falls to the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
*Note that all times are EST and you may not be able to get certain games, depending on the area in which you live.
Full schedule for the week: