Mushroom Crusted Bacon Wrapped Beef Bites with Wasabi Dipping Sauce

This appetizer might be bite-sized but it's packed with flavour. Cubes of tenderloin beef are wrapped in bacon and then rolled in a dried mushroom and bread crumb mixture. This mixture adds a unique crunch and flavour punch to the beef bites. This recipe can be made ahead and baked just before guests arrive. Serve the bites with the wasabi sauce which can also be made up to 3 days ahead (store in the fridge).
 

 

RatingDifficultyIntermediate

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Yields6 Servings
Prep Time45 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time1 hr

 1 lb (500 g) Beef Tenderloin Oven Roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
 Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
 11 strips of thin-cut bacon, halved crosswise (about 1pkg, 375 g)
Mushroom Crust
 1 pkg (14 g/0.50 oz.) dried mixed mushrooms
 5 green onions, coarsely chopped
 ¼ tsp EACH coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
 1 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)
Wasabi Dipping Sauce
 Stir together ½ cup sour cream
 ¼ cup mayonnaise
 2 cloves garlic (minced)
 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
 2 tsp wasabi paste

1

Season beef cubes all over with salt and pepper. Wrap each cube in a half slice bacon; secure with toothpick. Set aside while making Crust mixture.

2

In mini food processor or food processor, pulse together mushrooms, green onions, salt and pepper. Remove and toss with panko crumb. Place mixture in shallow dish. Press each beef bite into crust mixture, turning to coat. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.)

3

Combine wasabi dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl. The dipping sauce can be made-ahead simply, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

4

Place Beef Bites on rack setting on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven, turning once, until bacon starts to crisp and beef is still pink, about 10 minutes. Finish Bites by broiling just until golden and crisped, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with Wasabi Dipping Sauce.

5

Alternative dip ideas: Instead of wasabi paste you can use horseradish. For a totally different flavour try a store-bought barbecue sauce with a smoky profile. Or go on the sweet side with an orange marmalade.

Ingredients

 1 lb (500 g) Beef Tenderloin Oven Roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
 Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
 11 strips of thin-cut bacon, halved crosswise (about 1pkg, 375 g)
Mushroom Crust
 1 pkg (14 g/0.50 oz.) dried mixed mushrooms
 5 green onions, coarsely chopped
 ¼ tsp EACH coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
 1 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)
Wasabi Dipping Sauce
 Stir together ½ cup sour cream
 ¼ cup mayonnaise
 2 cloves garlic (minced)
 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
 2 tsp wasabi paste

Directions

1

Season beef cubes all over with salt and pepper. Wrap each cube in a half slice bacon; secure with toothpick. Set aside while making Crust mixture.

2

In mini food processor or food processor, pulse together mushrooms, green onions, salt and pepper. Remove and toss with panko crumb. Place mixture in shallow dish. Press each beef bite into crust mixture, turning to coat. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.)

3

Combine wasabi dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl. The dipping sauce can be made-ahead simply, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

4

Place Beef Bites on rack setting on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven, turning once, until bacon starts to crisp and beef is still pink, about 10 minutes. Finish Bites by broiling just until golden and crisped, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with Wasabi Dipping Sauce.

5

Alternative dip ideas: Instead of wasabi paste you can use horseradish. For a totally different flavour try a store-bought barbecue sauce with a smoky profile. Or go on the sweet side with an orange marmalade.

Mushroom Crusted Bacon Wrapped Beef Bites with Wasabi Dipping Sauce
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