Best Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

These bacon-wrapped appetizers are always a hit at parties. They’re bite-sized, salty, sweet, and delicious! Three simple ingredients are all you need for this make-ahead recipe that’s perfect to serve at room temperature. Serve them for breakfast appetizers, fancy cocktail parties, or tailgating. 

round silver dish filled with bacon wrapped appetizers with small white dipping sauce bowl, surrounded by wine and baby pickles.

Appetizers with bacon are one of the most popular finger foods at parties. It’s perfect for any occasion whether it’s a morning brunch party or an evening buffet with cocktails. And these bacon wrapped bites are one of the best hors d’oeuvres you can offer!

This is another one of those recipes that I’ve been serving for over 20 years to rave reviews. They’re similar to the classic bacon wrapped water chestnuts (aka rumaki) or bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese.

With this recipe you get juicy dried apricots and crunchy almonds inside for a sweet and savory combination that’s got a good bite to it. All that equals the perfect bacon appetizers to me!

close up of bacon wrapped appetizer bites with toothpicks.

Salty bacon lends itself well to sweet or savory recipes whether it’s mixed into a filling, a cheese ball, or used as a topping.

When to Serve

EXPERT TIP: 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!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Prepare these the day before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to cook and serve.
  • These are an ideal appetizer to serve at room temperature.
  • Easily make a double or triple batch because they are such a crowd pleaser.
  • Since they’re great at room temperature, they make a good snack to take for a tailgate party or to a potluck party.
  • It’s a one-bite appetizer combining sweet and salty. If you like bacon wrapped dates then you’ll love these!
ingredients on marble board; bacon, dried apricots, and almonds, with knife.

Ingredients

You only need three ingredients for the appetizers and two for the dipping sauce. While the sauce isn’t completely necessary, I highly recommend it!

  • Bacon. Use a 12- or 14-ounce package of Center Cut or regular sliced bacon. You can usually get about 14 or more slices inside, which you’ll cut in half for wrapping.
  • Dried Apricots. Find a small package in the dried fruit aisle of the grocery store. There should be plenty inside, even if you want to make a double batch.
  • Whole Almonds. I typically use unsalted almonds, but you can use salted too if you want. You don’t have to toast these before using them in the recipe.

Dipping Sauce

Make this simple dipping sauce in the microwave in less than a minute. It’s so delicious to dip the appetizers into!

  • Apricot preserves
  • Soy Sauce

What You Need

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  • Baking pan. You need a pan with sides high enough to keep the rendered grease inside. Many sheet pans come with a rack and will work, or a large roasting pan.
  • Aluminum Foil. Use this to line the baking pan to make cleanup a breeze.
  • Baking rack. You’ll need a flat baking rack or cooling rack to cook the bacon bites on. That way the fat drops down and away from the appetizers.
  • Toothpicks. Use plain wooden toothpicks to keep bacon-wrapped appetizers together as they cook. They also act as a handle to pick them up with, and eat. Another idea is to use 6-inch skewers so you can put two on a skewer or simply have a longer handle to hold on to.
hand holding dried apricot with whole almond inserted into the center.
bacon wrapped around apricot with almond, with toothpick inserted.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

Start by lining a large baking pan with aluminum foil, and placing the baking rack on top.

  1. Cut the bacon in half and set aside.
  2. Cut each apricot in half and push a whole almond into the center opening.
  3. Wrap each apricot with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place it on the prepared baking rack and pan.
  4. Bake everything until the bacon is cooked through and crispy.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for large parties and gatherings. It’s ideal for Christmas Eve or Christmas theme parties.

bacon wrapped appetizers on baking rack, ready to cook.

Best Bacon to Use

There’s so much variety in the world of bacon. However it’s smoked, cured, sliced or flavored, bacon is delicious. But, when it comes to appetizer recipes, you do need to follow some rules.

  • I like to use center cut bacon for wrapped appetizers. The slices are meatier with less fat rendered, and it’s still thin enough to roll easily and cook through.
  • You can use regular thin-sliced bacon too. Just know that packages and brands can vary greatly when it comes to meat to fat ratio.
  • I don’t recommend thick cut bacon for these because it’s bulky to roll and takes longer to cook through. I like to save it for when I need to use crumbled bacon in a recipe or for a brunch board.

Leftovers & Storage

These are an easy cocktail party recipe because you can make them the night before and bake them right before guests arrive. 

If you have any leftovers, wrap them in aluminum foil or in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, or microwave them for about 10 to 15 seconds, until warmed through.

hand dipping bacon wrapped appetizer into small dipping sauce bowl.

More Bacon Appetizer Recipes

I hope you’ll add these bacon wrapped appetizers to your next gathering. They’re sure to a winner on the food buffet!

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recipe for bacon wrapped appetizers with apricots and almonds.

Best Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

Yield: 28 appetizers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Bite sized bacon wrapped appetizers are addictive! Make them in advance and cook them just before guests arrive. They are perfect at room temperature!

Ingredients

  • 14 slices Center Cut bacon, cut in half
  • 14 dried apricots, cut in half
  • 28 whole almonds

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup apricot preserves
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prep for backing by lining a broiler pan or sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place flat wire baking rack on top of it.
  3. Stuff each almond into the center of the cut apricot - there is a natural slit in the center.
  4. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each stuffed apricot and secure with a wooden toothpick. Place on a wire rack.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your desired color and crispness. Turn once half-way through baking.
  6. To make the dipping sauce, combine preserves and soy sauce in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until preserves are melted and smooth. Check it after 30 seconds and give it a stir before continuing to heat, if needed.

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