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Megans Cookin: Recipes For Bacon Wrapped Appetizers!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Recipes For Bacon Wrapped Appetizers!

You know I have a passion for bacon. I’ve shared one of my favorite appetizers before, the fantastic Bacon Wrapped Date. And  remember that deliciously evil  Bacon candy?

Oooh, that was sooo good!!!

Then it is probably no surprise to you,that I would love these Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos, and…

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these tasty Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites.

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Both of these appetizers would be perfect for Superbowl or, truth be told, any party! A perfect snack to munch down and chase with an ice cold beer, or in my case, a glass of Gewurztraminer. 

That’s party food to me! In fact I’m making both of these for a Valentine’s Party at work. And my co-worker is making them for a baby shower next month.

Yep, it’s finger lickin party food!

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Let’s start with the jalapenos. I use to make them with 3 easy ingredients until I saw how The Pioneer Woman did it. She added goodies to her cream cheese, and brushed a jelly or marmalade on the bacon wrapped jalapeno before baking. Fantastic! That’s my new way too!

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Want a tip for easy prep? Use a grapefruit spoon to help clean out the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno. The cutting edge of the spoon works wonders! If you don’t have one, pick one up at a thrift store, or kitchen shop, the next time you run across them. Trust me, you’ll thank me!

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Now on to the bacon wrapped Chicken Bites. I saw these over at Mags site, The Other Side of 50. I knew the minute I saw these I would be making them. In fact, I have made them twice, in about a months time. They are just bacon wrapped around a cube of chicken breast. Then you dredge it in spiced up brown sugar and bake. Adding the chili powder to the brown sugar so you get that sweet, spicy, salty thing going on.


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Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

  • 20 whole Fresh Jalapenos, 2-3 Inches
  • 2 cubes Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (or more) cheddar cheese (optional, but so worth it!)
  • Green Onions (optional, or chopped chives would be good here too!) 
  • 1 pound Thin(regular) Bacon, Sliced Into Thirds
  • 1/4 cup jelly or marmalade (Opional)
Preparation Instructions

Cut jalapenos in half, length-wise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane Mix softened cream cheese, Cheddar, and green onion together. Spread mixture into each jalapeno half. Wrap jalapeno with bacon pieces (1/3 slice). Secure with toothpick through the middle. Brush with melted jelly.

Bake on a pan with a rack in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  If, after 20 minutes, the bacon doesn’t look brown enough, just turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish it off.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Stir together brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper,  Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture.  Place chicken bites on a  rack in a broiler pan.

Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

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Blogger Coach J said...

"The Man" doesn't like jalapenos, but I'm making these anyway! They look delicious!

February 4, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

I lurve the cheese stuffed then wrapped Jalapeno peppers...can't wait to try them out!

February 4, 2010 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I love bacon wrapped ANYTHING. Bacon is my favorite food!

February 4, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I could be all over those bacon wrapped jalapenos right now. I love that combination of flavors! I also followed the link to your bacon candy and was drooling. I really want that:D

February 4, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

Yummy little morsels those chicken bites....and those jalapenos...well, I could keep a tray of them just for little ole me!

February 4, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Lyndsey said...

You got our attention! All the bacon lovers are gathering here! It looks fantastic!! I want some now!!

February 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I've done the bacon wrapped chicken (and we loved it), but I have GOT to try the bacon/jalapenos, since we love spicy food.

And everything is better with bacon, right?

February 4, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger lobstersandwich said...


Your post, your blog, your pics, your recipes are all so terrific. Thank you! And thank you as well when you put notes on my blog. You are THE BEST!!

By the way...bacon is of course, very near and dear to my heart...because of my fabulous sweetie: Bacon Boy!!


February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger April said...

I'm not a fan of the jalapeno, but I will definitly be making this chicken wrapped in bacon! Looks wonderful!

February 4, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I really love the Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos recipe! I need to try that one! Thanks for the grapefruit spoon tip!

February 4, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Yummy! I've made those PW jalapenos, and I make bacon wrapped water chestnuts...and now I've gotta try these chicken bites. I love bacon! Thanks for sharing these!

February 5, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

girlfriend, i want to go to your party! these look wonderful, you can't beat anything thats wrapped in bacon!

February 5, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

I usually like any item that is made up of chicken. this bacon wrapped chicken pieces look quiet delicious

February 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Patti at Camp Blogaway said...

This is exactly what I was looking for as an appetizer for the Haiti fundraiser coming up Feb. 28, THANK YOU for the inspiration. And good eats!

February 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Ohhhhhh, yum, Megan! Love all the bacony goodness! Thanks for sharing!

February 5, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

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