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My Bacon & Cherry Bites are the perfect canape for almost any occasion. I know they sound weird. And I know that your guests will give you the side eye before trying them but trust me, you’ll wish you made double because everyone loves them. Even the strongest sceptics. Including me!
Now I appreciate that this is an odd post but trust me….this works! Smoky fatty bacon and sticky candied cherries make for the most delicious sweet and savoury combination.
A little morsel that you just can’t help but have another one. And another. And probably another. Moreish really doesn’t quite cover them.
I mentioned before that people will be sceptical about these Bacon and Cherry Nibbles working. “Ew! Really?” Is the most common reaction. And then I make them try some. And then I have to go and buy another tub of cherries because magically they’re all gone.
And then I get a call a week later to say that they made a batch themselves then spent 20 minutes convincing everyone to try them. And so the cycle continues!
Oh did I mention that you make these with two ingredients? I think you can probably guess what they are! But there is nothing complicated involved in assembling the bites. They’re great to make ahead of time and reheat. Or you can assemble, set aside and pop in the oven before serving. Perfect canape fodder.
Inspiration and Credit
I was myself a victim of “no really, you have to try them” courtesy of Sarah Kier, a former WI member and baking buddy. Thanks Sarah!
Make Bacon & Cherry Bites into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
The rest of the feast includes southern classics like sticky BBQ Ribs, Southern Baked Chicken Wings, super cheesy Mac’n’Cheese, creamy Coleslaw and Boston Baked Beans. To make it even better, there are Garlic Bread Rolls on the side and my Peanut Brownie Cheesecake for dessert. An absolute feast indeed!
Don’t forget to head over to the Big Americana Feast post for all of my tips and tricks to help you host a fun and stress-free feast. Plus remember to check out my other feast collections and all my Americana inspired recipes.
I’ve just had a thought. I can’t believe I have never tried using them as a dip for my Baked Camembert with Garlic, Maple & Thyme. Oh boy. I bet thats amazing!
Ingredients for Bacon & Cherry Bites
I am talking about the violently red sugar laden ones in a tub from the baking aisle. I don’t think I’d want to go fancy and use fresh cherries here. The lip numbing sweetness of glace cherries makes these one bite morsels what they are.
Maraschino cherries are the kind that come in a jar and are used in cocktails. These are cherries before they are candied to become glace cherries. I also wouldn’t use them for the same reason.
I have recently noticed that you can now buy Glace Morello Cherries. I haven’t tried them yet but I bet that they would make an ace alternative.
There are effectively 4 main types of bacon in the UK. Back bacon and streaky bacon with each being available smoked and unsmoked. I am largely an unsmoked back bacon kind of girl but…. smoked streaky is my preference here.
You could use unsmoked streaky and I have many times in the past but finally after years of forgetting which type I prefer, I have narrowed it down to smoked! So this is what I recommend but you can swap out for your preferred bacon.
Make it Vegetarian or Vegan
There are many types of vegetarian and vegan bacon substitutes out there nowadays and some of them look pretty good.
You could substitute the streaky bacon with you favourite type but do try to make sure that you use a smoked variety and that there is a decent fat content. No one wants a dry canape. If needs be, it may be worth brushing each “rasher” with a little olive oil before rolling.
Make it Allergy Friendly
Unless you are allergic to cherries or bacon, you should be good to go. There is certainly no dairy, egg, gluten, or nuts involved.
If you are substituting the bacon for a vegan or vegetarian variety, do check the ingredients carefully if you have any allergen issues.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Bacon & Cherry Bites
You can use whatever baking tin or dish you prefer. But whatever you choose, make sure to line the tin with parchment or even foil to avoid a massive clean up job. The cherries contain a lot of sugar which will leak and caramelise.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
One of the reasons that these Bacon and Cherry Bites make such a fantastic canape or treat with drinks is that they can be made up to a couple of days ahead of time. They’re then reheated with a quick blast in the oven just before serving.
Rather than cooking them in full (it is a risky strategy unless you have A LOT of self control!) you can construct them and leave in the tin ready to bake covered in the fridge. I wouldn’t do this more than 24 hours in advance. Simply cook them a little while before you wish to serve.
Leftover Bacon & Cherry Bites
I don’t think I’ve ever had leftovers. I made a batch of 30 to take the photos for this blog post. And I’d eaten them all on my own by the end of the day. Whilst I don’t recommend this as a strategy (I’m still on a sugar high the next day), leftovers are unlikely to be a problem.
If for some crazy reason, you do have some cherry nibbles leftover, you can keep them for a couple of days in the fridge or pop them in the freezer and defrost/reheat at a later date. They won’t be as good as the fresh ones but they aren’t bad either.
Bacon & Cherry Bite Tips
I make my bacon thinner to make it go further. I do this by using the flat of a large knife to squish and stretch the rasher onto a chopping board.
You can secure each morsel with a cocktail stick but I find putting them end side down in the tin is sufficient.
Warning! The cherries will be hotter than a thousand suns when they come out of the oven. And they will burn off the lining of your mouth, even if the bacon feels reasonable to the touch. JUST WAIT!
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you try making this recipe – I want to know what you think and if you made any substitutions, how did it turn out?
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Bacon & Cherry Bites
- 200 g Glace Cherries
- 250 g Smoked Streaky Bacon
- Preheat the oven to 180c or equivalent. Line a tin with greaseproof paper or foil.
- Have a quick count of a 200g Glace Cherries. There should be roughly 30. You will need one third as many bacon rashers. So for 30 cherries, you will need 10 rashers. This will be roughly 250g Smoked Streaky Bacon.
- Take a rasher of bacon onto a chopping board and flatten and stretch the rasher. Using the flat of your knife, start from the middle of the rasher and push down whilst dragging the knife to the end of the rasher. Repeat towards the other end. Your rasher should now be thinner than before and a little longer/wider.
- Cut the rasher into 3 even-ish sized pieces.
- Place 1 Glace Cherry at the end of the rasher piece.
- Roll each cherry in the bacon.
- Place in the lined tin ready for baking. I like to place them fat side up so it goes crispy.
- Repeat until all of the bacon/cherries have been used up.
- Pop in the oven and keep an eye on them. They’ll take about 25 to 30 minutes and I usually carefully turn them over after about 15 minutes.
- Warning! The cherries will be hotter than a thousand suns at this point!
- Leave to cool slightly then serve.