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On top of being low carb and gluten-free, these tasty little bite-sized snacks are so delicious!
The combination of salty pickles and bacon combined with smooth cream cheese is a yummy treat for anyone – whether they’re trying to eat low carb or not.
When you’re eating healthy, enjoying appetizers at a party can sometimes be a no-go.
Since most appetizers are deep-fried or incorporate bread, Trim Healthy Mamas are sometimes stuck without a pre-dinner snack at most get-togethers.
That’s why I like to bring my own appetizer when I head to a party! And these bacon and cream cheese pickles are the perfect choice for a celebration.
Ingredients for these Pickle Appetizers
The best part about this low carb appetizer is that they’re so simple to make! You just need three ingredients and a few minutes of your time to whip up this crowd-pleasing party recipe. To make these pickle appetizers you’ll need:
- Pickle spears: Dill pickles are my pickle of choice when it comes to making this appetizer. But you could also use a different pickle variety to change things up. Spicy pickles would be a nice addition to this easy appetizer while still keeping the snack low in carbs.
- Cream cheese: The cream cheese in the center of these wrapped pickles adds to the texture and flavor of the bite. Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature to make it easier to spread on top of your pickles.
- Fully cooked bacon: When making this quick and easy recipe, it’s best to use precooked bacon. That will shorten the cooking time for your appetizers and ensure your pickles don’t dry out and burn. I don’t recommend using raw bacon for this dish. The bacon takes too long to cook and becomes crispy. And the bacon will create too much grease as it cooks, causing the entire appetizer to be grease-soaked by the time it’s finished cooking.
And that’s it! With these three ingredients and under 30 minutes of your time, you can whip up this delicious keto appetizer for your next party.
How to Make Bacon and Cream Cheese Pickles
Making these pickles couldn’t be easier. But before you start stuffing and wrapping your pickles, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to prepare your ingredients. That way, you can create an assembly line, which will help you speed up your prep time.
Start by getting your pickles ready for stuffing. First, take a spoon and run it down the top of the spear. This will remove the seeds and give you a smoother area to spread your cream cheese.
After that, line the pickle spears up in a row and place a paper towel on top to soak up extra moisture.
While your pickles are drying, grab your bacon slices and cut each slice in half. Stack up the slices on the side so they’re ready to go when you’re ready to start wrapping.
After the pickles have had time to dry, cut each spear into four equal pieces. Spread a small amount of cream cheese on the top of each pickle, then wrap a piece of bacon around it. Secure the bacon in place with a toothpick.
Place all the wrapped pickles on a baking sheet and bake them for around 10 minutes. This is just enough time for the bacon to get crispy and for the cream cheese to melt slightly. Serve your bacon wrapped pickles warm for best results.
Questions About Pickle Appetizers
This pickle recipe is so easy to make that you probably won’t have any issues at all! But if you have a question as you’re cooking, I probably have the answer.
Are pickles low carb?
Some pickle varieties are low carb, while others aren’t. While dill, spicy, or sour pickles are typically low in carbs, other varieties, like bread and butter pickles, are not.
Before you start making your pickle appetizers, check your jar of pickles to make sure you have a low-carb variety.
Can I use uncooked bacon for these pickles?
I don’t suggest using uncooked bacon to wrap your pickles.
The pickles and cream cheese will cook much faster than the bacon, causing them to burn before the bacon gets crispy.
If you only have uncooked bacon on hand, precook the bacon until it is almost done.
Drain the excess grease, then wrap your pickles and bake them according to the recipe instructions.
Can I serve these pickle appetizers cold?
These bacon-wrapped pickles are best enjoyed warm, but if you aren’t able to eat them straight out of the oven, serving them at room temperature is fine. I would not suggest refrigerating them before serving because the bacon will become chewy and hard to eat.
How do I store bacon and cream cheese pickles?
If you have any leftovers of these delicious appetizers, I’d be surprised! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can reheat them in the oven or in the microwave.
Bacon and Cream Cheese Pickles
- 6 Dill Pickle Spears
- 4 Ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
- 12 Slices Fully Cooked Bacon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Use a spoon to remove the seeds from the center of each pickle spear. Cut each spear into quarters and use a paper towel to dry the top of each piece.
- Top each pickle piece with cream cheese.
- Cut each piece of bacon in half and wrap one half around each pickle piece. Secure the bacon on place with a toothpick.
- Place the pickles on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until the bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.