B is for beautiful.
A is for amazing.
C is for cholesterol-raising.
O is for omnivore.
N is for naughty diet-breaker.
What does that spell? BACON!
Let’s face it: Bacon is so popular, it should be its own food group. It’s delightfully greasy, immeasurably fatty and all-around delectable. And it’s not just for breakfast, people! In addition to serving as a delicious sidekick for scrambled eggs, bacon is now setting trends as a sandwich topping, soup accessory, and more.
Try these 10 blissfully bacon-based appetizers, and see how pork can pack a new punch! (And yes, you CAN use turkey bacon—but it’s NO substitute for the real thing.)
1. Bacon-wrapped Macaroni and Cheese Bites
Ah, two guilty pleasures united at last. Prepare your favorite mac and cheese recipe. Scoop into balls, and place in mini muffin pans. Bake for 10 minutes. Wrap a cooked strip of bacon around each mac and cheese ball, and secure with a toothpick. Perfection.
2. Mini Baked Potatoes with Crumbled Bacon
Bake a bunch of new potatoes. Scoop out the insides and combine with cheese, sour cream and other baked potato toppings. Refill potato skins, bake again, and top with crumbled bacon.
3. Chocolate Dipped Bacon
Is it an appetizer? Is it a dessert? I’m not sure. But after you taste this salty and sweet combination, you won’t care! Dip bacon into melted chocolate for a flavor sensation!
4. Bacon-wrapped Tator Tots
I have to admit, I tried this once at a restaurant. I think this is where I really discovered bacon’s power. Simply wrap bacon around a tator tot and coat with maple syrup for a sweet taste. You won’t believe how good these are!
5. BLT Bites
BLT is a classic sandwich, so why can’t it be a classic appetizer, too? Spear together a cherry tomato, a piece of crunchy lettuce and, of course, bacon. It’s a fresh take on the BLT! You could even create a BLT roll-up by rolling all the ingredients inside a larger piece of lettuce. Dip in mayo to get the real effect!
6. Pigs in a Blanket – With Bacon of course!
Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, especially for tailgating! Give your game grub extra flavor by wrapping the little piggy in bacon and cheddar before cooking.
7. Bacon-wrapped Scallops
How to make the already delicious scallop even better? Add bacon to it for bacon-wrapped scallops!
8. Bacon Chicken Skewers
Bacon chicken skewers are a snap to make. Wrap bacon around pieces of chicken on a stick for a yummy “pop in your mouth” app!
9. Potato Soup Shots with Bacon Crumbles
Make your favorite batch of potato soup and pour into shot glasses. Top with crumbles of…what else…bacon!
10. Bacon-wrapped Dates
Wrap up a delicious date in a bacon blanket! The salty and sweet combination of a bacon-wrapped date is excellent!
See how versatile bacon can be? It’s a Renaissance meat, if you will. Go on—play with bacon for a while, and see what combinations you can come up with!