20 Bacon Appetizers for Your Next Party
Fact: Everything's better with bacon—and that includes your next appetizer spread. Whether you're looking for meaty dips (everyone will want our Hot Bacon, Onion, and Swiss Dip and Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger Dip recipes), easy and craveable snacks (we're looking at you, Bacon Bow Tie Crackers), or modern twists on classic apps (like this Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball), our best bacon appetizers recipes will get your party started the right way.
Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
Move over, 7-layer, dip. A super rich bacon cheeseburger is even better when you can enjoy it over kettle chips, crackers, or even fries. The meat and cheese combo perfectly pairs with the ketchup mixture and pickle, both in terms of taste and texture.
Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball
Impress your guests with this unique twist on a classic appetizer. Update the cheese platter with a new cheese ball, spiced honey for drizzling, and marinated feta.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
To me, a good deviled egg is one with a well-seasoned, firm filling—and lots of thick-cut bacon. There’s so much bacon goodness here that you won’t be able to pipe the filling into these eggs; the piping bag would immediately clog up! Instead, use a small teaspoon and carefully mound the filling inside each egg white half.
Bacon-Peanut Popcorn Balls
Take movie night to the next level with these delectable snack-size treats. Best of all, they're only 110 calories per serving!
Hot Bacon, Onion, and Swiss Dip
This ridiculously-good baked cheese dip is one of test kitchen chef Karen Rankin’s all-time favorite dishes to bring to parties and tailgates. It’s the ultimate oozy-gooey cheese appetizer. As Rankin puts it, the way Swiss cheese, savory bacon, and sweet caramelized onions play together is nothing short of divine.
Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes
We love beefsteak tomatoes because they are meaty, firm, and perfect for stuffing. Brush the inside of each hollowed-out tomato with bacon drippings to make them extra smoky and savory. As the tomatoes roast and soften, their tangy juices enhance the bacon, spinach, and couscous stuffing.
Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Dates with Brie
These yummy little bites are not your normal appetizer. Make sure to use large dates, which are much easier to handle and fill than small ones, and center cut bacon—thick cut bacon will take too long to cook. If a date splits while you’re filling it, just press it back together. These are best warm, right off the grill, but are still good at room temperature.
Shaved Vegetable Salad With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
If you can’t find golden or Chioggia beets, just use red beets; wear gloves to prevent stains on your hands. Once tossed with the dressing, the vegetables wilt slightly to a crisp-tender texture. You can make the dressing a day ahead and reheat just before tossing with the salad; shave the vegetables (but not the apple) up to a day ahead.
Cheesy Bacon Party Bread
You don’t need an occasion to make this cheesy bacon party bread, but breaking out one of these loaves definitely calls for celebration. For those who are bored of making the same respectable quiches and baked oatmeals at brunch, this super-cheesy party bread is the solution.
With January behind us, we can go back to our regularly scheduled programming that does not include grain bowls, green juice, or whatever resolution-diet-item you’ve been nauseating over for the last month. This year, get pumped for the Super Bowl and all things American (well, some things) as soon as you wake up by making a bacon football.
Bacon Fat Chex Mix
When you’re in a happy relationship with breakfast, anything is possible. You can make toast with sweet potato and pancakes with champagne. It’s true love at its finest. But what happens when you feel the same way about snacks and apps? Someone’s bound to get hurt. Well, it doesn’t need to be as complicated as dating IRL. All you need to do is just add bacon fat—seriously.
Candied Maple Bacon on a Stick
Sweet and salty bacon wrapped around crunchy breadsticks makes for heaven on a stick. Crunchy, salty, and with just the right amount of garlic to give bacon the upper hand (not that it needs it) these crispy appetizers are the perfect way to get the party started.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
You might want to double this recipe, because these Bacon Bow Tie Crackers won’t last long at any gathering. Buttery crackers and salty bacon slices are a match made in snack heaven. This bite-size appetizer comes together with just two ingredients: bacon and crackers.
Everyone loves the traditional hot spinach dips and seven layer dips, but every now and then, you want to throw a new recipe in the mix and shake up the taste buds. Three ingredients that always seem to find their way into traditional party appetizers are bacon, pimiento, and avocadoes.
Warm Bacon-Dijon Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese Crostini
Convenience products are better and more wholesome than ever, and they can be found all over the supermarket, from the center aisles to the olive bar and bakery. Used wisely, they can virtually cut out prep while delivering mains that feel made from scratch.
Bacon-Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs have long been the anchor of Easter tables and church picnics, but their stock is rising. You're more likely to see these stuffed eggs at fancy cocktail hours and featured on brunch menus from barbecue joints to elegant cafés.
Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers. It's also tasty as a condiment spread on turkey burgers.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
One of the season’s simplest and most iconic pleasures, the beloved BLT, can also double as an effortless appetizer. The quality of your tomatoes will make or break this simple sandwich. We like the color contrast of red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, but choose whichever large tomato is ripest. These little sandwiches are perfect for outdoor picnics or brunch with the ladies.
Serve these bacon-wrapped spears with grilled meat and sliced fresh tomatoes for a wonderful meal. From Patricia Kitts: Dickinson, Texas. Serving Accompaniments: Antipasto Picnic Salad, Can-Can Chicken, Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos, and Edna's Ho Ho Cake. Recipe published in Quick Cooking March/April 2005.
Spicy-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
In under 30 minutes, you can dress crispy bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar, paprika, and smoked red pepper for a dynamically delicious appetizer. This combinatioin of spicy, sweet, smooth, and crunchy will keep you grabbing for more.