Your search for the perfect easy summer appetizer is over! These Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme involve just three ingredients and are incredibly unique bite-sized party apps.
(This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme was originally published in August 2009, but was updated with new photos and content in 2018).
Guys, I'm having a serious cherry problem this summer. As in, I cannot stop buying them, cannot stop eating them, and just plain cannot get enough of them! I pretty much sit around and eat them out of a bag all day, but I also made this cherry clafoutis and am constantly looking for more ways to incorporate them into my baking and cooking.
Enter these bacon wrapped cherries with thyme... Pretty much the best idea ever. If you're anything like me, you're constantly looking for easy and unique appetizers to bring to summer parties and BBQs and these hit both checkboxes.
They're incredibly easy to make AND they're super unique... I can almost guarantee nobody else will be showing up to the party with a platter of bacon wrapped cherries. And you know there will be at least 3 people who make a buffalo chicken dip or corn salad. Just saying!
Ingredients for Cherry Appetizer
This recipe has three ingredients. Three! And it will take you about 15 minutes to prep and have in the oven. It doesn't get much easier than that!
The ingredients are pretty much self-explanatory as they're all in the recipe name... Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme. You'll need:
I should note that I've seen several recipes popping up for bacon wrapped maraschino cherries and though I haven't tried them, I urge you to use fresh cherries! Not only are they a million times more delicious, but so many people can't stand maraschino cherries (this article made me laugh).
I promise you fresh is better (obviously if they're in season!).
The Best Way to Pit Cherries
That said, you can probably guess the most difficult part of this recipe. Yup. Pitting the cherries. It's one of my least favorite tasks, but I'll admit that's partly because I can't stop eating them when I'm pitting them, which means it takes me way longer than it should.
Of course, there are all kinds of fancy tools you can buy to make cherry pitting easier, but I like the simple chopstick method best. It keeps the cherries looking pretty after being pitted and for me, is as easy as any tool you could buy.
All you have to do is push a chopstick down on the stem end of the cherry until it hits the pit and pushes it out the other end. It's so quick and easy to do.
Standard chopsticks seem to be the perfect size to get the pit out and still leave the cherry looking neat. You can also do this with a straw, but I find the sturdiness of the chopstick to be easiest.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme
Once the cherries are pitted and the bacon slices are cut in thirds, you simply have to wrap a cherry and thyme sprig in each piece of bacon.
Then it's time to pop them in the oven! How long these bacon wrapped cherries take in the oven will depend greatly on your bacon's thickness/fattiness/how crispy you like it, so I recommend setting a timer for 30 minutes and checking on them repeatedly after that.
I've used thick cut bacon before and had to keep the cherries in the oven for an hour to get my desired level of crispiness.
Aaaand drumroll please... one of the most wonderful and tasty hors d'oeuvres I've ever tasted!
The idea of a cherry wrapped in bacon might sound strange, but I guarantee you these are perfection. At first, you may get a lot of odd looks and "hmm that sounds different" comments, but once party guests try this appetizer, they'll likely quickly fall in love.
There's something about the sweetness of the cherry (which is amplified by baking), the saltiness of the bacon, and the freshness of thyme that all goes together so magically.
There's a high chance this platter will be disappearing very quickly!
Cherry season is so short and I want to enjoy every single minute of it. That means I purchase cherries every time I go to the grocery store while they're in season! And while I love just snacking on them, I love them with bacon even more.
I mean, do you think it would be odd if I just whipped up a batch of these bacon wrapped cherries for myself for dinner? Looks like a well-balanced meal to me!
What's your favorite easy-to-make appetizer to bring to summer parties?
If you're looking for a drink to serve with this cherry appetizer, might I recommend a cherry lime margarita? And these Grilled Cod Tacos with Grilled Cherry Salsa as an entree? I also can't wait to try these Black Forest Macarons from Bakesalotlady!
Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme
- 24 fresh cherries, stems removed and pitted
- 24 small sprigs thyme
- 8 slices bacon, cut in thirds
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place pitted cherry and a thyme sprig on a piece of bacon and wrap bacon tightly around cherry. Repeat with all cherries, bacon slices, and thyme.
- Place bacon wrapped cherries with the bacon seam side down in a baking dish and bake for 30-45 minutes, until bacon is crispy. If you're using thick cut bacon, this will likely take about an hour.
- You can use a toothpick to secure bacon wrapped cherries if desired, but as long as you wrap tightly, bacon should stay secure.
What are the chances you girls will make these for me? 🙂
They were so good!!
My two favorite things in one fabulous dish. I will definitely be trying this.
seriously, these look amazing.
The Duo Dishes says
Never, never, never would've thought bacon and cherry in one recipe. Great idea!
Goodness, these sound uniquely delicious. Thank you for passing along such a cool idea!
Anything with bacon is delicious, and I LOVE cherries. These must be amazing!
Kelli D says
BTW, no need to purchase a cherry pitter - just use a straw - works like a dream! I pitted an enormous amount to make jam using a straw and it worked great!
I am teaching a holiday entertaining class and would love to feature these in my Rustic Italian class. Just in case you guys are super bored on November 14 in the early evening, you could always come whip them up for the class yourselves and pimp your awesome website 🙂 I'm teaching a series of four classes, budget friendly entertaining for 8-12 people for under $100 and two hours.
gona try the cherries wrapped in bacon this week end let u know how it goes cant wait.
I suggest getting a cherry pitter from a local orchard if you can. I got mine a few years back from one and I love it...Itr costed about $4.00 and it is a lifesaver!
I wrote a fruit blog and what you can do with assortments of fruits to come out this week. Even though your recipe is not what types of food I write about, (I do more weekday type cooking that's hearty and easy) I will definitely put this in my personal recipe to try next time at a bbq party! Thanks!!
I covered them in chocolate ... I died. It was amazing.
I would have never in a million years imagined this combo but MAN is it brilliant! Thanks for the recipe!
I'm seeing such big, beautiful cherries in my grocery these days and I love this recipe idea. The combination of the sweet roasted cherries with the salty bacon is outstanding!
In South Africa we make these with glazed cherries.. we wrap a whole bunch, put them on a skewer and cook them on the bbq... They are amazing.. I am looking forward to trying it with fresh cherries though
I've been making these for 20+ years. If u don't want to use fresh cherries I have used maraschino cherries (red ones, green don't look as appealing). I can never make enough of them ppl love them.
What if you don’t have fresh thyme? Can I used ground thyme?
@Alex- You can definitely sprinkle a little dried thyme over the top... It just may not look quite as pretty without the little sprig sticking out. But just as tasty!
I would as well soak the pitted cherries in a little cherry liquor or triple.sec..
@JoAnne- You can definitely do that- I'd just be sure to warn guests first!