So you were just asked to be maid of honor at your best friend's wedding and are horrified at the thought of planning her bachelorette party. Well have no fear all this week I'll guide you through the steps of creating a memorable and wonderful send off for your bff. Start by picking a date and sending the invitations. Next decide on the activities (I chose a stripping class and lingerie shower) and plan a menu of delicious appetizers. Earlier today I wrote about the vegetarian friendly finger foods and right now I'll reveal the recipes for the meat-lovers' hors d'oeurves. All of the appetizers are healthy, but a little heavier in order to soak up the large quantities of alcohol that will be consumed during the course of the night. So please

Scrumptious
Crab & Pork Spring Rolls

are the perfectly chic snack for your girlfriends. A French
Alsatian Potato and Bacon Tart

will round out the menu of savory finger foods.


Crab & Pork Spring Rolls
From

*Found in Asian markets and at Adriana's Caravan

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
From Alsatian Potato and Bacon Tart
From Food & Wine magazine

6 ounces meaty slab or thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 medium baking potato, peeled and coarsely shredded
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons snipped chives
1 teaspoon chopped sage
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound prepared pizza or bread dough, thawed if frozen
1/4 cup crème fraîche
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until lightly browned around the edges, about 3 minutes; drain.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the potato and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes; add a little water to the pan if the potato begins to stick. Stir in the vinegar, chives and sage and season with salt and pepper; remove from the heat.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 10-by-13-inch rectangle.
  6. Transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet, stretching it back into the rectangle.
  7. Stir the crème fraîche and nutmeg into the potato mixture and spread it over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Scatter the bacon on top. Bake the tart for 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Cut into squares and serve hot.

Make ahead: The tart can be baked earlier in the day; reheat before serving.

Makes about 24 squares.

Wondering what sweet treat I'll be serving alongside all these savory appetizers? Come back this afternoon to see my serving suggestion.