These bacon wrapped pickles (aka pickle fries) are the perfect double-duty, easy appetizer for any gathering… Keto-friendly for your low carb guests, but still tasty enough to appeal to everyone else, AND they’re just 2 ingredients!
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Bacon Wrapped Pickles, WHAT?!?!
If there are two foods I’ve adored since I was little, it’s dill pickles and bacon. Who’s with me?!
So when a friend casually mentioned that she’d made a batch of bacon-wrapped pickles for a holiday gathering recently, I was all like: “Hold up, wait a minute… BACON. WRAPPED. PICKLES???” I’d honestly never heard of such a thing, but apparently they’re VERY popular with the low carb crowd right now, being that they’re keto-friendly and all.
Having tried and failed at the keto diet, I wasn’t really interested in that aspect. But I’m ALL about a quick, easy, and flavorful 2-ingredient appetizer! Seriously, TWO INGREDIENTS — that’s one less even than my favorite pickle wraps.
In fact, I’m not even sure I can truly call these bacon wrapped pickle spears a “recipe”, but we’re just going to go with it…
How To Make Baked Bacon Wrapped Pickles
Making these baked bacon wrapped pickles is kind of a no brainer. I mean, obviously they’re just pickles wrapped in bacon. And how hard is it to wrap slices of bacon around dill pickle spears and bake? Of course, it’s NOT… But as always, I have a few tips to share that will help your pickle fries turn out their very best.
One of the things I worried about before making this pickles wrapped in bacon recipe for the first time was that the pickles would get mushy and the bacon wouldn’t crisp up. I’m happy to report the pickles, in fact, were still crunchy, and my bacon did crisp up!
I attribute the texture to two things:
1| Patting the pickle spears dry with a paper towel before wrapping them with the bacon.
2| Baking the bacon wrapped pickles on a cooling rack set over a rimmed baking tray on a rack placed in the upper third of my oven.
This allowed the air to circulate around the pickle fries, so I didn’t need to turn them midway through. It also reflected the heat back down on the top of the pickle fries, which helped to crisp up the bacon.
Best Bacon For Pickle Fries
The type of bacon you use will also affect your results. Normally, I like to use a good, thick-cut bacon in my recipes, but a thinner cut definitely works best for this bacon wrapped pickles recipe.
We like this tasty Hickory Smoked Bacon from Sugardale. With its historic and secret blend of ingredients, it has delighted bacon aficionados for nearly a century with the perfect blend of smoke and sweetness.
Incidentally, I had the opportunity to visit the Fresh Mark plant that produces Sugardale bacon with a group of Ohio-based bloggers earlier this month. Talk about a fun opportunity for bacon lovers! We got to walk through the process of how bacon is made, starting with the fresh raw pork bellies and finishing with the slicing and packaging line.
It was pretty eye-opening — I honestly had NO IDEA how many steps a pork belly goes through on its way to becoming the sliced bacon we know and love. But more importantly, I loved learning about their commitment to quality and sustainability. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, goes to waste. ALL of the bacon scraps are repurposed into bacon bits and any waste is rendered into tallow.
FUN FACT: Sugardale produces enough bacon to feed 652 MILLION PEOPLE breakfast each year. Whoa!!!
Pickle Fries With Ranch Dressing
Hands down, my favorite way to serve these pickle fries is with ranch dressing. The sour pickles plus the crispy, salty bacon are perfectly complemented by its cool, creamy flavor.
You can certainly make your own dressing if you have a recipe you love, but I’m just as likely to pick up a good quality ranch dressing from the refrigerated produce section. I’m told that my chip dip is pretty damn amazing with them, as well…
Naturally, if you’re on the keto diet, you’ll want to make sure you check the ingredients to ensure your dressing is keto-friendly in either case.
Whether you’re making these bacon wrapped pickles as an appetizer or a snack, they’re sure to be a HUGE hit at any gathering. Pickle Fries are best served fresh, but you can prep a tray of them ahead of time. Then just pop it in to bake when your guests arrive! You might want to double this recipe… Just sayin’.
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More yummy bacon wrapped recipes to try:
- This sweet & spicy bacon wrapped dates recipe will really knock your guests’ socks off! They sound fancy, look fancy, even taste fancy, but they’re seriously easy to make…
- Does it get any better than bacon + corn + a sweet & spicy honey chipotle glaze? This bacon wrapped corn is THE recipe that all your guests will be asking for after your next cookout!
- These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are seriously addictive… Chives and onion cream cheese pair with crispy, smoky bacon along with a bit of a kick from the jalapenos, they’re the perfect combination of sweet and savory!
You might also be interested in learning how to bake bacon in the oven. Oven baked bacon is, hands down, the easiest way to get perfectly crispy and delicious bacon with the least amount of mess!
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