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Smoky Ontario Apple Oka Bites

Oka bites

12 slices double-smoked bacon
1/4 cup grainy mustard
2 Ontario Apples* cut into 24 wedges
8 oz Oka cheese, cubed into 24 pieces
In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon in batches until cooked through but not crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and let cool.

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°F). Cut each strip of bacon in half to make 24 small strips. Spread each strip with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) mustard and wrap around an apple wedge and piece of cheese. Secure with toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Arrange bites on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven just until bacon starts to bubble and cheese begins to melt, about 3-5 minutes. Do not overcook. Serve immediately.

Chef Tip: If Oka cheese is unavailable, Gorgonzola makes a savoury substitute.

*Variety Tip: For best results use Ontario Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Cortland or Red Delicious apples.
Makes 24 pieces.