50 Bacon Appetizer Ideas

Start any party with some easy bacon bites.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple (No. 2)

Wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halfway, until crisp, 8 minutes.

Bacon-Ricotta Crostini (No. 11)

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

Bacon-Beer Cheese (No. 14)

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.

Bacon-Cheese Crackers (No. 23)

Pulse 12 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1 cup shredded fontina, 3/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until clumps form. Shape into a 12-inch log on parchment; wrap and chill. Slice 1/3-inch-thick rounds. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Bacon Crab Cakes (No. 32)

Combine 8 ounces crabmeat, 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon mustard. Form into small patties; cook in a hot oiled skillet, 3 minutes per side. Serve with tartar sauce.

Bacon-Taleggio Pears (No. 36)

Top pear slices with Taleggio cheese, sour cream and chopped, cooked bacon; drizzle with honey.

Bacon Cheese Balls (No. 46)

Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. Form into balls; chill. Roll in chopped chives and more chopped bacon.

Bacon Soup Shooters (No. 49)

Cook 4 halved bacon slices in a saucepan until crisp; remove, leaving the drippings in the pan. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1 chopped leek and 1 peeled, chopped russet potato. Cook 5 minutes. Add 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup cream. Simmer 15 minutes; puree. Serve in shot glasses with dill and the bacon.

Bacon-Cheese Croquettes (No. 50)

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Whisk in 1/3 cup flour until smooth, then 1 1/2 cups whole milk. Cook, whisking, 5 minutes. Add 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1/2 cup grated Manchego, 1 chopped scallion and a pinch each of salt and nutmeg; chill. Form into 2-inch logs. Roll in flour, dredge in beaten eggs, then roll in panko breadcrumbs. Fry in vegetable oil at 360 degrees F for 3 minutes.

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