The perfect blend of sweet and salty, Bacon Wrapped Figs are a unique appetizer that’s sure to impress your guests! You can even prep them ahead of time and bake ’em later!
If you’ve been following us here at Real Housemoms for a while, you know that we have a slight bacon obsession (helllloooooo Bacon Wrapped Smokies). My life’s mantra is “bacon makes everything better.” This is especially true when it comes to appetizers – bacon is the perfect little wrapping paper for pop-able bites. While figs are not your average fruit to be cooking with, when they’re wrapped in pepper bacon they are transformed into a delicious treat!
BACON WRAPPED FIGS
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When I was growing up, my grandma always had a package of Fig Newtons at her house for us to snack on. My brothers and I would run straight for the kitchen and grab a handful to snack on – gosh those things were good. But, no one ever told me that figs were an actual fruit… I bet 5 year old me wouldn’t have touched Fig Newtons with a 10-foot pole if I knew.
Fast forward to my adult years and here I am practically begging for any kind of fig recipe! I’ll put figs in my morning oatmeal, make a fig chutney for a fancy cheese board, or even stuff them with cheese and bake them! It’s really no surprise to me that I could eat about 10 Fig Newtons in a sitting when I was young. The sweet and unique flavor of the fruit is addicting (almost as much as bacon)!
Because I am the unofficial “Bacon Queen,” I always try to see if I can incorporate bacon into any new recipe I’m making. Believe me when I say, bacon and figs are a match made in Heaven. I almost want to pat myself on the back for creating this dried fig recipe (and double props to me because it is so SUPER EASY).
These adorable little appetizers are the perfect blend of sweet and savory. I love the peppery, smoky flavor of the bacon with the sweet flavor of the figs. They’re great for a get together with friends anytime but I especially love them for brunch.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Figs
- Pepper bacon
I personally use dried figs when making these bacon wrapped figs. The main reason is that when I want to make these yummy treats, I don’t want to have to worry if figs are in season! You can find dried figs year-round in any grocery store.
Fresh figs (while super yummy) are tougher to find because the prime fig season is in the summer. What if I want bacon wrapped figs in the dreary winter to warm up my heart?!? Dried fig recipes to the rescue!
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Figs
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with foil. Anyone who cooks bacon in the oven knows that you have to line your baking sheet with foil or else you’ll end up with a stuck-on mess (and lose half your precious bacon in the process).
- Cut your bacon strips in half – each little fig only needs half a slice of bacon!
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around each fig and secure it with a toothpick.
- Next, place your bacon wrapped figs on a baking sheet seam side down and pop them into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the bacon is crisped to perfection. (AKA not too crispy, but not mushy.)
- Remove them from the oven and plate them up on your favorite serving platter – you’ll want to serve these up warm. Believe me, they’ll fly off your platter so fast, they won’t even have time to get cold!
The reason that this is one of my favorite fig recipes is that you can do all your prep work ahead of time! Get them all wrapped in their bacon blankets and pop them in the fridge until they’re ready to go in the oven (up to two days ahead of time!!). They’re the perfect app for your next party!
What to serve with Bacon Wrapped Figs
Aside from bacon, figs are actually an excellent fruit for pairing with other foods! Fancy charcuterie boards are all the rage these days, and I can personally say – I’m loving it. Bacon Wrapped Figs are a great anchor item for any cheese plate or charcuterie board. Serve them with some goat cheese, a nice sharp cheddar, or even a crumbly blue cheese!
Another great option is to offer a dipping sauce to go with your figs. We all know that maple and bacon go beautifully together, but a little known fact is that FIGS and maple go together well too! Some would even venture to say that figs themselves have a bit of a maple flavor to them. Pop some pure maple syrup in a ramekin, and you’ve got yourself the perfect dipping sauce!
Need some more appetizer inspiration? Check out these other Real Housemoms favorites!
- Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
- Sriracha Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
- Rotel Dip
- Loaded Potato Skins
- more APPETIZER recipes…
Tools used to make this Bacon Wrapped Figs recipe
Baking Sheet: a staple in my kitchen – whether I’m making a fresh batch of cookies or some yummy figs, my baking sheet is an essential!
Toothpicks: does anyone (aside from my dad) actually use toothpicks for picking their teeth? I always have a huge pack of these toothpicks on hand to check done-ness in my baking and also for these yummy appetizers!
*This post originally posted on 01/04/2014.
- 9 ounces dried figs (24 figs)
- 1 pound pepper bacon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Cut bacon strips in half.
- Wrap one bacon half strip around a fig and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining figs and bacon. Place figs on your prepared baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until bacon is cooked and crispy.
- Remove from oven and transfer figs to a serving platter. Serve warm.