If you're going to make party food, make sure you cram a lot of party in there. That's why we're armed with Chopped champion, chef Eric LeVine's new book, Small Bites Big Flavor, for the entertaining season ahead. It's full of innovative things on sticks, small plates and other reasons to justify another cocktail or two.

I love a twisted version of fried chicken. Smoky bacon enhances this bite in two ways: it adds crunch to the mustard-spiced crust and a unique flavor to the cooling aioli.

Reprinted with permission from Small Bites Big Flavor