Bacon Appetizers – My 3 Favorite Recipes

Today I have 3 tried and true party appetizers to share with you, and they all have one thing in common – Bacon! I’ve made these for years and they always get rave reviews. They are loved by both men and women, as well as kids. If you’re looking for something easy to assemble to round out your party menu, pick one of these delicious bites to serve.

These bacon-wrapped apricots with almonds is a no-fail appetizer I love to serve to guests {you need to try this one…seriously}. It is the perfect combination of mildly sweet and salty with a nice crunch from the almond. You can make them in advance, store them in the refrigerator, and cook them just before guests arrive. They are perfect at room temperature and your guests will be begging for more!

Bacon Wrapped Apricots with Almonds

  • 12 dried apricots, cut in half cross-wise
  • 24 whole almonds
  • 8 slices Center Cut Bacon, cut in half
  • toothpicks soaked in water for about 15 minutes.

Prep for backing by lining a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Place wire baking rack on top of it

Stuff each almond into the center of the cut apricot(there is a natural slit inside the apricot). Wrap 1 bacon piece around each stuffed apricot and secure with wooden toothpick. Place on wire rack.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your desired color and crispness. Turn once half-way through baking.

Dipping Sauce:

Combine 1/2 cup apricot preserves and 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Microwave 30 seconds – 1 minute or until preserves are melted and smooth

These bacon wrapped smokies can be served for breakfast or brunch as well as for a party appetizer. Again, they mix sweet and savory for the perfect balance of flavor. Bet you can’t eat just one!

Bacon Wrapped Lit’l Smokies

  • 1 package Lit’l Smokies
  • 1 package Center Cut bacon, cut in half
  • Brown Sugar

Prep for backing by lining a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Place baking rack on top of it.

Wrap bacon slices around each little smokey and place on baking rack, seam side down.

Sprinkle each one with brown sugar and press down lightly to adhere it to the bacon.

Cook on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked through to your desired crispness.

Finally, these bacon wrapped club crackers are little bits of heaven as they combine salty crackers, with cheese, and bacon. {Don’t tell, but I think I ate all but 1 from this batch of 12}

Bacon Wrapped Club Crackers

  • 24 club crackers
  • 12 slices Center Cut bacon, cut in half
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Prep for baking by lining a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Place wire baking rack on top of it.

Place a small pile of the cheese on top of each cracker.

Wrap bacon around cracker and place on baking rack, seam side down.

Bake at 250 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Check on crackers at 1 hour to make sure cheese is not over done.

Place aluminum foil over crackers if cheese is getting too brown, and continue cooking until bacon is cooked to desired crispness.


 Which do you want to try first? 

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. I’m not even that big of a bacon person, but I LOVE bacon-wrapped dates. I’ve had them with the almonds in the middle too, but I think I prefer without. My husband, on the other hand, would eat all of these options in a heartbeat :)

  2. They seems so delicious! Yummie!”

  3. I found your blog from the Be Different Act Normal link party.. These recipes look incredible! I’ve tried the bacon-wrapped dates (which are to die for!).. I can’t wait to try these ones out!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    xo alanna

  4. YUM!

  5. I like my bacon crackers with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar, and a sprinkling of cayenne, (no cheese) and bake as above. Gives it that sweet heat!!!

  6. I love bacon wrapped water chestnuts as well, these sound great, I’m on the bacon bandwagon!

  7. I made the bacon-wrapped apricots with the sauce for my sister’s babyshower and served along side a hot cocoa bar with all the trimmings. They were the perfect bit of savory to go with the sweet. I LOVED this and it was super easy. I will be making them over and over and over!!!


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