Bacon Bites

These little savory gems are simple to put together in advance, can go directly from the freezer into the oven, and combine three of the most irresistible snack foods on earth: bread, cheese, and bacon. You can vary the filling in any number of ways (see our tips, below). Make sure you let the bites sit for 5 minutes before serving; the cream cheese gets mighty hot, and you don't want to burn anyone's mouth.

Prep
25 mins
Bake
30 to 40 mins
Total
55 mins
Yield
60 bites
Bacon Bites

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cheeses until smooth. Stir in the peppers and scallions until evenly distributed; set aside.

  2. Trim the crusts from the slices of bread.

  3. Once the bread is trimmed, spread the slices with the filling, covering it completely.

  4. Roll the bread up from the short side, pressing down just enough to make it stick to itself.

  5. Wrap a slice of bacon and wrap it around the roll, overlapping the bacon to cover the bread completely. If you need more than one bacon slice, tuck the end of the second bacon slice under the end of the first. Trim the bacon when you get to the top of the roll.

  6. Freeze the wrapped rolls for 30 minutes to firm them up.

  7. To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.

  8. Slice the rolls in thirds and place on the baking sheet, cut side down. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (5 minutes longer if baking from frozen), until the bacon is crisp and the tops are golden brown.

  9. Remove from the oven and place on a serving platter; let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips from our Bakers

  • You can freeze the bacon-wrapped rolls for up to 6 weeks; just take out what you need when you have company, slice, and bake for an extra 5 minutes.
  • Some variations you might like to try? Substitute Swiss cheese for the Parmesan, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of horseradish to the filling. Try using diced cooked shrimp and pineapple bits instead of the peppers and scallions.
  • Read our blog post about Bacon Bites for a lower fat, lower calorie version of these morsels.