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Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme

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 posted in August 2009, but was updated with new photos and content in 2018).

Close-up of platter of bacon wrapped cherries with thyme on white plate with "Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme" text at top

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 pretty much 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!

BACON WRAPPED CHERRIES WITH THYME RECIPE

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! 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) and even though I enjoy them from time to time (you kinda need them in Shirley Temples), the idea of wrapping them in bacon and popping them in my mouth doesn’t sound so wonderful. I promise you fresh is better (obviously if they’re in season!).

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. I wanted these cherries to stay somewhat pretty after being pitted, so I used the chopstick technique or basically pushing a chopstick down on the stem end of the cherry until it hits the pit and pushes it out the other end. It worked wonderfully. You can also do this with a straw.

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.

Collage with one photo showing cherry and thyme on bacon strip and one with cherry and thyme wrapped in bacon strip

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.

Several bacon wrapped cherries with thyme on a gray surface before being baked

Aaaand drumroll please… one of the most wonderful and tasty hors d’oeuvres I’ve ever tasted!

Close-up of platter of bacon wrapped cherries with thyme on white plate

The idea of a cherry wrapped in bacon might sound strange, but I guarantee you these were 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!

Landscape view of platter with lots of bacon wrapped cherries with thyme and thyme sprig garnishes around the edges

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!

Close-up of bacon wrapped cherries with thyme after baking on white plate

What’s your favorite easy-to-make appetizer to bring to summer parties?

If you’re looking for a drink to serve with these bacon wrapped cherries, might I recommend a cherry lime margarita?

5 from 2 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

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.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, cherries, Party, Summer
Servings: 24 cherries
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 24 fresh cherries, stems removed and pitted
  • 24 small sprigs thyme
  • 8 slices bacon, cut in thirds
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes
  • You can use a toothpick to secure bacon wrapped cherries if desired, but as long as you wrap tightly, bacon should stay secure.
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16 Responses to "Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme"

  1. Chris says:

    What are the chances you girls will make these for me? 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    They were so good!!

  3. Kristen says:

    My two favorite things in one fabulous dish. I will definitely be trying this.

  4. emrlds says:

    seriously, these look amazing.

  5. The Duo Dishes says:

    Never, never, never would’ve thought bacon and cherry in one recipe. Great idea!

  6. RebeccaC says:

    Goodness, these sound uniquely delicious. Thank you for passing along such a cool idea!

  7. Erin says:

    Anything with bacon is delicious, and I LOVE cherries. These must be amazing!

  8. Kelli D says:

    Yummy!

    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!

  9. Dustin says:

    Hey ladies,

    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.

    xoxo,
    Dustin

  10. diana says:

    gona try the cherries wrapped in bacon this week end let u know how it goes cant wait.

  11. wendy says:

    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!

  12. hannah says:

    Looks great!

    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!!

  13. Marshall says:

    I covered them in chocolate … I died. It was amazing.

  14. Jenn says:

    I would have never in a million years imagined this combo but MAN is it brilliant! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Joanie says:

    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!

  16. Michaela says:

    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

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