Labor of LOVE!


Whether you are gathering to celebrate end of summer, or for a Labor Day Barbecue, these recipes are simple to prepare ahead of time and will make this Labor Day celebration absolutely delicious. If you have been invited to celebrate this holiday with friends and family, or if you are hosting the gathering, this little LABOR of LOVE is the perfect appetizer to share.

Bacon Asparagus Crostini

1 lb. thick sliced bacon (or pre-cooked)
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1-2 bundles asparagus
1/3 c. fresh basil, minced
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 loaf roasted garlic artisan bread

Preheat oven to 400°. Place bacon slices on baking tray and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Or, if using precooked bacon, bake for  3 to 4 minutes. Snip ends off asparagus and blanch; drain. Turn oven up to broil. Slice artisan bread and brush slices with olive oil; toast bread slices in broiler, on both sides until golden brown. In a small bowl, fold fresh basil into cream cheese and add salt; mix well.

Arrange toasted bread on serving platter; top with bacon slices and asparagus spears. Garnish with dollops of cream cheese mixture and serve.”

This recipe can be found in The Gathering of Friends, volume four, Celebrating Mother Nature
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