Party Panache, Bacon Parmesan Bites

This is recipe is an oldie but a goodie

it’s been around for decades…

baked bacon crackers

This is a seriously easy appetizer

that will please kids and adults alike~

A popular version is made with brown sugar,

but I used Parmesan cheese instead

Club crackers are laid out on wire racks on a baking sheet

The crackers are topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese

Then put a piece of bacon

the length of the cracker

on top of the cheese

The bacon I used was wider than the cracker

so I folded it over itself for a double bacon layer


Most of the bacon cracker recipes call for

wrapping a piece of bacon around the cracker,

but it’s much easier to lay it on top

I added another layer of Parmesan cheese

to weigh it down and hold it in place

Okay so here’s where the magic happens…

into a 250 degree oven it goes for 2 hours

It slowly bakes into perfection!

Clean up is a breeze, just toss the parchment

and put the racks in the dishwasher

These make a perfect party appetizer

because they are low maintenance~

they’re wonderful at room temperature,

they can safely sit out for several hours,

you can pile them in a bowl or arrange them on a tray…

and you can make them earlier in the day

See variations listed in the notes section of the recipe

Bacon Parmesan Bites

Easy do ahead appetizer with only 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • wire baking racks


  • Buttery crackers such as Club Crackers Waverly Wafers or Ritz
  • Bacon strips
  • Finely grated Parmesan cheese


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack or racks on top
  • Lay crackers out on top of wire racks.
  • Put about 1 tsp of Parmesan on each cracker
  • Cut bacon into pieces the length of your crackers. If it’s too wide, fold it in half so it sits on top of the cracker.
  • Add another tsp of Parmesan on top
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 hours and check. Continue cooking until crackers are golden and bacon is cooked through, approximately 2 hours total. Cooking time depends on your oven and the type of bacon used.
  • Make plenty, they disappear quickly!


Add brown sugar on top of the Parmesan for a sweet element
Sprinkle crackers with black pepper to add a little zing
Sprinkle crackers with chopped fresh parsley or finely chopped green onions
Serve with a creamy dip like Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing
Keyword bacon crackers, bacon Parmesan bites, bacon Parmesan crackers, easy party appetizer

Make plenty, they disappear quickly!

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34 Responses to “Party Panache, Bacon Parmesan Bites”
  1. Something I still haven’t tried and SHOULD! Bacon is my candy :-), Jenna.

  2. Mary says:

    A tasty little bite Jenna! My hubby would love these, especially served with a Bloody Mary over the holiday weekend! Happy Sunday ♥

  3. Rita C. says:

    Whoa! Those look really good! I like Mary’s idea to serve with a BM!

  4. Those really look like the perfect little bite. Since everyone in my family loves bacon, this would be a hit. Happy Sunday, Jenna!

  5. Martha says:

    Yummy! I’m saving this one for out football buffet ideas. Thanks Jenna. 🙂

  6. So simple, and I’m sure you could use a vegan bacon here. I’m sure these disappeared quickly!

  7. I’ll bet your house smells divine! Mmm.

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    This is a home run Jenna! Look so delicious………..

  9. We’re doing all appetizers for our first Cork Poppers in a year and a half. We’re hosting so I wanted something that I could make ahead of time (even a few hours is OK) and this might fit the bill. I could prep up the ingredients so it’s just a matter of assembling and popping them in the oven. I will be mining this site for more things to offer, too!

  10. Rosie M. says:

    This looks like a winner, Jenna! I’ll be taking it to my next Book Club meeting. Thanks!

  11. Sure sounds like a tasty appetizer! I’m all about the appy’s:@)

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this is a yummy appetizer! I make this for my kids during the holidays, and they love it! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  13. Oh my! I am drooling for one of those little bites. Just pinned it. That will be a MUST make at my house. My husband loves him some bacon….anyway you fix it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. BERNADETTE says:

    Super easy and tasty = fantastic. One question, does the bacon stick to the cracker? I see the crackers piled into a bowl.

  15. Pattie says:

    I haven’t made these in ages, but when I do, everyone always loves them. My recipe calls for saltines rather than club crackers, with the Parmesan cheese sprinkled after the bacon. Either way, these are addictive.

  16. lghiggins says:

    I enjoyed reading the variations. They feature bacon, for heaven’s sake. I can’t imagine any way of preparing them that wouldn’t be delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It may be an old one, but I have never sampled it.

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