Bacon-Wrapped Watermelon Bites
When I have casual get-togethers with friends, I love serving snacks and drinks. However, I only like to make one of those things from scratch. If I make cocktails with lots of ingredients, I’ll buy a simple pre-made snack from the grocery store. Conversely, if I make the snack, I’m always looking for a no-fuss drink that I can just pour and serve. You get one or the other, but not both, friends! Unless we’re talking about my annual sangria party, where I’ll do both from scratch, but that’s a once-a-year event.
My go-to appetizer this summer is going to be these super simple Bacon-Wrapped Watermelon Bites. I know they sound a little strange, but stay with me. The saltiness of the bacon works really well with the sweet, juicy watermelon. And basil and watermelon are a natural flavor pairing, so that third ingredient really brings these bites together.
Since I’ll be making this snack this summer, I’ll need a ready-to-drink refreshment to open and serve. Enter Palm Breeze, a new sparkling alcohol spritz drink that comes in 2 flavors: Pineapple Mandarin Orange and Ruby Red Citrus (my favorite). These drinks are light and refreshing, and remind me of spending the day on a beach. The Ruby Red Citrus has a thirst-quenching grapefruit note that really hits the spot when paired with a salty snack. Between the fun snack and the sparkling drink, I kind of felt like I was on vacation while enjoying this combination!
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Bacon-Wrapped Watermelon Bites
- 1 pound (16 slices) hardwood smoked bacon
- 1/2 small watermelon, diced (you'll need sixteen 1-1/2 to 2 inch cubes of watermelon)
- 16 small basil leaves
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bacon in single layer on parchment-lined rimmed baking pan. Transfer to oven and bake 14 to 16 minutes or until most fat is rendered. Bacon pieces should be starting to crisp around the edges, but soft and pliable in the middle.
- While warm, wrap bacon slices around watermelon cubes. Top each bite with basil leaf and secure with toothpick.
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This post was sponsored by Palm Breeze through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Palm Breeze, all opinions are my own.
Have you ever tried sneaking in a bit of cheese in these? I don’t know why but I always feel a need to put cheese in everything. 😉
I haven’t, but it sounds good to me 🙂
These are the ultimate summer bite! And I’m with you on only making one thing from scratch, otherwise it gets way too complicated and you can’t enjoy yourself at all!
Right! You get ONE thing from scratch, friends. ONE! hahaha.
Oh yum! I have not seen Palm Breeze before, but it sounds fantastic. A perfect pairing for your delicious bites!
Thanks Alida! Definitely keep an eye out for Palm Breeze 🙂
What a fun summer appetizer! Perfect for a holiday picnic! Plus they look perfect to nibble while sipping on a Palm Breeze!
this little nibble is genius!!
Thanks so much, Sheila!
At first I thought…. you crazy. But then I realized you were crazy like a FOX!
This sounds sooooo good!
Ba ha ha! I blame a lot of weird stuff on being crazy like a FOX 🙂
Bacon wrapped around watermelon?! If this doesn’t scream summer, Im not sure what does 😀 I’ll have to check out that Palm Breeze.
Thanks, Carla! If I could drone deliver you a few Palm Breezes for your birthday weekend, I would!