Appetizers

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

12 slices center-cut bacon, cut in half crosswise 24 frozen bite-sized potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®), partially defrosted 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese, each cut into 6 small pieces 24 dashes hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot®), or to taste 24 toothpicks

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 6 slices bacon strips, cooked and chopped 3 green onions, chopped

Bacon Cheese Puffs

1 pound sliced bacon 2 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 1 cup mayonnaise 1 pound sliced pumpernickel party bread

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

6 slices bacon 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (1 ounce) package buttermilk Ranch dressing mix ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 4 green onions, chopped 3 tablespoons chopped black olives 1 ½ cups chopped pecans (Optional)

Bacon Wrapped Bananas

¼ cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon honey 4 ripe bananas, each cut into 5 chunks 10 slices bacon, halved crosswise 20 toothpicks

Bacon Wrapped Bratwurst

4 bratwurst 3 (12 ounce) cans light beer 5 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 6 slices bacon, cut in half

Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

15 small new potatoes 5 slices bacon, cut into thirds 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix 15 toothpicks

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

1 pound sliced bacon, cut into thirds 1 (14 ounce) package beef cocktail wieners ¾ cup brown sugar, or to taste

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