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Proper Pepper Pimento-Bacon Sliders

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Proper Pepper Pimento-Bacon Sliders


These 8 decadent-yet-easy late-night nibbles are perfect for all your after-party needs

With June fast approaching, we're close to full-on wedding season, which means lots of bouquet tosses, tasty drinks, and endless electric slides. After dancing your feet off, there's nothing better than curling up (or keeping the party going) with a belly-filling late-night snack.

The best recipes, much like the ones below, contain little but essential shortcuts — like prepping the day before or getting the most flavor out of a short cooking time or ingredient list — to give you more time for snacking and less time for cooking. Here are eight recipes that are easy to cook up at 12 pm or 12 am. 

Proper Pepper Pimento-Bacon Sliders
What can beat bacon, avocado and a healthy slather of rich pimento cheese all piled into a sweet dinner roll after an all-day event? To get maximum crispiness in our bacon, we opt to oven-roast it instead of cooking on the stovetop — it's a no-fuss, low-mess path to plenty of perfectly cooked bacon in record time. 
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Quick and Easy Chili
Short on time or short on energy? Don’t reach for the canned stuff — making it from scratch is oh-so-easy. This ultra-quick recipe guarantees that you'll never look back, thanks to quick-cooking ground beef and choice ingredients like poblano peppers, chipotles in adobo and yes, crushed corn chips that up the flavor — but not the cooking time.
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"Pissed Off" Potatoes 
These "pissed" potatoes, a play on the Spanish dish patatas bravas, are the perfect crisp, hearty snack. Tossed in an addicitive spicy tomato and mayonnaise sauce, we recommend doubling up on the sauce recipe to use on just about anything — smeared onto your next grilled cheese or as a dip for some grilled chicken — for a creamy kick of heat.
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Bacon-Jalapeño Mac and Cheese
For those that want to go into full savory comfort mode, this dish will satify every "treat yourself" inclination with a magical combination of cheese, bacon and a healthy amount of spice. Feel free to make this recipe the day before; just let the completed dish cool at room temperature and then store in the fridge until you're ready for mac and cheese goodness. 
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Fontina and Fig Chutney Grilled Cheese Bites 
Want to whip up a bunch of grilled cheeses in a hurry? Make them mini with these savory and sweet little bites that are sure to go fast. This recipe calls for a homemade fig chutney, which adds a beautiful spicy and smoky flavor, but feel free to use a storebought version when crunched for time. 
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Bacon, Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread 
This flatbread recipe is incredibly versatile — feel free to use it as an inspirational template and change the toppings to suit your and your guests' mood. Buying store-bought pizza dough or any kind of pre-baked flatbread makes this no-fuss recipe even more effortless.
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Crispy Peanut Squares
Basically a combination of peanut butter fudge and Rice Krispies Treats, these squares of goodness couldn't be easier to make, and the end result is very tasty. These treats are best eaten chilled, but they also can be served at room temperature. 
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Quick Beignets
Nothing really beats a beignet. Fluffy, fried and covered in a healthy amount of powdered sugar, these little fritters will go fast! Our version makes quick work of an otherwise all-day recipe and can easily be scaled up, making this a crowd favorite at parties or a party of one — you deserve it. 
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Photo credit (Quick and Easy Chili, "Pissed Off" Potatoes, Quick Beignets): Ramona King 
Photo credit (Bacon-Jalapeño Mac and Cheese): Idebar Austin
Photo credit (Fontina and Fig Chutney Grilled Cheese Bites, Bacon, Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread): Lisa Lotts 

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.