Bacon Artichoke Bundles are a perfect three ingredient appetizer! Smoky bacon wrapped around tangy artichokes with brown mustard – all in a one bite bundle. So easy and so good!
Bacon Artichoke Bundles are so easy, and so good. Three basic, but flavorful ingredients come together in just minutes to create an appetizer you’re going to love. I always have canned artichokes in my cupboard for salads, sautes, and Hummus Artichoke Bruschetta. And my son loves bacon (who doesn’t?), so that’s usually in my fridge, as are a variety of mustards. I know I don’t have to keep mustard in the fridge, but I do.
If we’re being honest, you can pretty much wrap anything in bacon and it will be delicious. But these bacon bundles are especially good with artichokes! You can also substitute whole water chestnuts for the artichokes and have a crunchier bacon bundle, if that’s what you’re in to.
I do have four ingredients in my photo above for this three ingredient appetizer, but that’s just to show you options for the artichokes, not because I’m cheating! I couldn’t decide which type I liked better, so I thought you could be the judge.
Canned artichoke bottoms are ideal for the bundles because they are completely prepped and ready to use. You can quarter them into four hearty pieces to roll in the bacon. The marinated artichokes are smaller, and you need to remove any tough leaves, but they have more flavor because of the marinade. Since they were smaller, I used two pieces of the marinated artichokes for each bundle.
I didn’t use thick cut bacon for this recipe because the bacon is rolled up in layers around the artichokes. With thick cut bacon it would take too long to bake, and the proportion of bacon to artichoke would be off. We are going for a perfect, easy to eat bite here!
The spicy brown mustard adds just the right amount of tangy flavor and compliments the bacon and the artichokes. And it’s not really “hot” spicy, just extra tangy. You could also use Dijon, but I wouldn’t recommend plain yellow mustard for this recipe.
There aren’t a lot of steps to this appetizer, which is definitely a bonus when you’re entertaining or making snacks for the big game. First you’ll cut the bacon slices in half and quarter the artichoke bottoms, if using. Next lay the bacon slices on a cutting board and spread a thin layer of brown mustard on top. Finally, place a piece or two of artichoke at one end of the bacon slice, roll it up and secure with a toothpick. Besides keeping the bundles together during baking, the toothpicks also make a nice little built-in handle for serving. That’s all there is to it!
You can prepare the bundles to this point and then refrigerate until your guests arrive. Then pop them into the oven, and in 25 minutes or so, you’ve got your new favorite appetizer!
One disclaimer about these bacon artichoke bundles, you can’t stop at just one! You’ll have a hard time not eating the whole batch yourself. Maybe make two batches? One for you, for quality control purposes, and one for your guests!
Pair a plate of bacon artichoke bundles with a Raspberry Vodka Chambord Cosmo. The sweet cocktail pairs perfectly with the smokey flavors of bacon.
These are also good with some Smokey Rosemary Cashews………
- 1 can of artichoke bottoms, quartered, or 1 jar of marinated artichokes - or both!
- ½ pound of sliced bacon, slices cut in half
- 2-3 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
- If using artichoke bottoms, cut them into quarters. If using marinated artichokes, remove any tough or large leaves.
- Cut the bacon slices in half.
- Spread the bacon with spicy brown mustard, then add a piece or two of artichoke to the end of the bacon slice and roll it up. Secure with a toothpick.
- Place the rolled bacon artichoke bundles on your baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is done and slightly crispy.
- Drain on paper towels, then arrange on your serving platter. Try not to eat them all yourself!
- You can substitute whole water chestnuts for the artichoke hearts.