BACON WRAPPED CHEESE STICKS

a close-up photo of bacon-wrapped cheese sticks with one cut in half

Bacon wrapped cheese sticks. You can imagine the rest right? Gooey, stretchy, melted cheese, just covered in bacon!

With the Super Bowl coming up, my mind has turned to fun appetizers to make for game day. Of course, one of them has to involve bacon. Over the years, I’ve made bacon wrapped avocado fries, sriracha bacon wrapped onion rings, and bacon wrapped eggplant fries.

These smelled so good coming out of the oven. Because the cheese melts, the bacon wrapping will also loosen when these are finished. It’s not quite as sturdy as my previous bacon wrapped recipes, but it’s still delicious. And you can break them, stretch them, dip them in bbq sauce, etc.

To get these to work without making a huge cheese puddle mess, I used packaged precooked bacon. You can’t get as tight of a wrapping as when the bacon is raw, but the packaged precooked bacon usually is flexible enough that you can still wrap it around the cheese. I used 2-3 strips of bacon for each string cheese stick. Then you bake until the bacon is crispy, about 6-10 minutes. By this point the cheese should be melted, but still somewhat hold its stick form.

While making these, I was thinking of another way to accomplish this. Next time, I might try freezing my cheese sticks first and then see if I can wrap it in raw bacon and cook it. I’m worried that the cook time baking would still be too long because it does take a while for bacon to crisp up in the oven. As I was writing up this post, I did find another recipe out there that does freeze the cheese and then deep fries the bacon. That seems like a solution though I’m not a big fan of frying bacon because of all that splattering. I’ll have to experiment some more when I restock on bacon and cheese.
a stack of bacon-wrapped cheese sticks on parchment paper

BACON WRAPPED MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
COURSE: APPETIZER, SNACKS
CUISINE: AMERICAN
SERVINGS: 12 CHEESE STICKS
Mozzarella cheese sticks wrapped in crispy bacon are a fun and addictive snack for game-day! You will need to use pre-cooked bacon for this recipe so look for packages of it at the grocery store.

INGREDIENTS:

  •  12 string cheese or mozzarella cheese sticks
  •  36 strips pre-cooked packaged bacon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Starting at one end of a cheese stick, carefully wrap one strip of bacon around it, overlapping bacon halfway each time to help secure the bacon in place. Because the bacon is pre-cooked it will be a little harder to wrap, but the light pink and fat portions should still be pretty flexible. When you reach the end of your bacon, tuck the end into one of the folds to keep it from unwrapping. Repeat with 1-2 more strips of bacon until your cheese is completely covered, including ends of cheese.
  2. Place finished wrapped cheese stick on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese and bacon. Bake in the oven for about 6-10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and before cheese completely loses its form.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Amount Per Serving (1 cheese stick)
Calories 164Calories from Fat 111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.3g19%
Saturated Fat 4.2g21%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.4g
Cholesterol 34.9mg12%
Sodium 588.1mg25%
Total Carbohydrates 0.6g0%
Protein 11.9g24%
Iron2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.All images and content are © kirbiecravings.com

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