50 Bacon Appetizers

These fun snacks are the perfect party starters.

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11. Bacon-Ricotta Crostini Top toasted baguette slices with ricotta and cooked bacon pieces. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey mixed with 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

12. Bacon-Caesar Crostini Toss 1 chopped romaine heart with 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and white wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard; season with pepper. Divide among toasted baguette slices; top with chopped cooked bacon.

13. Bacon-Date Bites Quarter 4 bacon slices. Cook until crisp; remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 1/4 cup each chopped dates and almonds to the pan; cook 3 minutes. Spoon onto the bacon.

13. Bacon-Date Bites Quarter 4 bacon slices. Cook until crisp; remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 1/4 cup each chopped dates and almonds to the pan; cook 3 minutes. Spoon onto the bacon.

14. Bacon Beer Cheese Cook 6 chopped bacon slices in a saucepan; remove, leaving the drippings. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup each cream and beer, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheddar until melted. Serve topped with chopped scallions and the bacon.

15. Bacon Nachos Make Bacon Beer Cheese (No. 14). Warm 8 cups tortilla chips on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F, 5 minutes. Top with the beer cheese, chopped pickled jalapeños, tomatoes, the scallions and bacon.

16. BLT Dip Mix 1/2 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream, 2 chopped plum tomatoes, 12 chopped cooked bacon slices and ¼ cup chopped chives; season with pepper and chill. Serve with romaine hearts.

17. Bacon-Crab Dip Cook 6 chopped bacon slices until crisp; remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 3 chopped scallions and 1 chopped bell pepper; sauté. Mix with 8 ounces each cream cheese and crabmeat, 1/4 cup cream, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, the juice of 1 lemon and the bacon. Transfer to an ovenproof dish; top with ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees F, 30 minutes.

18. Bacon-Onion Dip Cook 12 chopped bacon slices until crisp; remove, leaving 2 tablespoons drippings in the pan. Add 2 sliced large onions and cook until caramelized, 30 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon dry sherry; let cool. Chop and mix with the bacon, 1/2 cup each mayonnaise, sour cream, chopped scallions and chopped parsley, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce; chill.

19. Bacon Pimiento Cheese Pulse 3 cups grated cheddar and 1/2 cup each drained chopped pimientos and mayonnaise in a food processor until combined. Mix with 8 chopped cooked bacon slices and ¼ cup chopped chives; chill.

20. Bacon Flatbread Bake pieces of naan or other flatbread at 375 degrees F until crisp, 10 minutes. Spread with crème fraîche and season with salt and pepper. Top with caramelized onions, crumbled cooked bacon and chopped parsley.