3 Easy Appetizers That Are Made With Bacon

Stressing about how to please a hungry hoard? Here’s a tip: It’s time to bring home the bacon. This salty, fatty meat enhances just about any flavor, and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Here are three bacon-tastic apps to serve at your next get-together.

Bacon Grissini Appetizer

Bacon Brown Sugar Grissini

Bacon on a stick! How convenient.


  • 1 lb. Bacon
  • 1 box Grissini or other breadsticks
  • 3 tbsp. Light Brown Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Prepare a sheet pan with a wire rack.
  • Lay the pieces of bacon on parchment paper and sprinkle evenly with the brown sugar.
  • Wrap one piece of bacon around a stick of grissini very tightly, and place on the wire rack, seam side down. Repeat for all bacon.
  • Place in oven, and cook for 15-20 minutes, until bacon is crisp. Allow to cool completely before serving, about 1 hour. Yields one dozen.
Bacon Jam Appetizer

Bacon Jam

I like to serve this on top of toasted crostini, but it’s also a delicious condiment for a burger.


  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • salt and pepper
  • toasted crostini (optional)


  • Brown bacon in batches a large skillet, draining on paper towels as you go.
  • When all the bacon is browned, pour off the fat, leaving 1 tablespoon in pan. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add mustard powder, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add bourbon, maple cider, vinegar and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes and stir in the brown sugar and bring to a boil again.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, add reserved bacon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Yields two cups.
Chocolate Bacon Banana Appetizer

Chocolate Bacon-Wrapped Bananas

When you eat bacon with banana, it counts as a fruit… right?


  • 6 bananas, cut in two
  • 6 pieces bacon, sliced in half
  • chocolate drizzle
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack in the sheet.
  • Carefully wrap the bananas with a piece of bacon, and place on the baking sheet, seam side down. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is crisp at edges. Remove from oven.
  • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl in 30 second intervals on HIGH in the microwave, stirring between each interval, until completely melted. Add the vegetable oil and whisk until completely incorporated. Drizzle over the bacon wrapped bananas, and serve immediately. Yields twelve pieces.

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