Are you ready for something crazy – and crazy good? These Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes will certainly blow your mind. Make them simple using only 3 ingredients, or go fancy with my carefully tested tweaks. Of course, these tidbits are perfect for grilling, too. What else can you wish for an ultimate summer treat?
What on earth are Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes?
In all their simplicity, Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes are fresh strawberries wrapped in bacon and topped with cream cheese. I see you turning up your nose, so let me explain a bit.
Wrapping sweet and fruity things in bacon or ham is nothing new. Just think of an old Italian classic like melon slices wrapped in prosciutto. Mouth-watering!
The most delicious food contains different flavors, preferably both sweet and savory, and also different textures. That’s what these Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes are all about. Fruity, sweet strawberries wrapped in salty bacon and topped with rich, a tad sour cream cheese create fireworks of different flavors — a combo that pampers your tastebuds and blows your mind.
And why do I call these volcanoes? Because their shape is like a volcano, and they are erupting with cream cheese! Now, doesn’t that sound like a pleasant eruption?
Last but not least: doesn’t anything wrapped in bacon taste good? Yep, it does.
How to make these Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes
So, since you are still hanging in here, I’m happy to see that you are adventurous and ready to try out something extraordinary. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make these exciting treats:
First, you need 16 fresh strawberries. Go for organic if you can, as strawberries are notorious for their pesticide residues, as you can see from the well-known Dirty Dozen list.
For each strawberry, you need a slice of bacon. Yes, you got it right, you need 16 slices of bacon.
Let’s start by wrapping each strawberry with bacon.
Place the bacon-wrapped strawberries in a baking dish.
Next, you’ll need 4 oz (115 g) cream cheese. Choose plain full-fat cream cheese, preferably without food additives like carrageenan.
Now, if you are really adventurous, you can add 5-10 drops of vanilla stevia to the cream cheese.
And if you are even more adventurous, you can add 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon. Yes, I know, it sounds crazy. But believe me, I did lots of tests and found this combo to be the most pleasing to the palate (you can see my tests and ratings further down in this post). However, if you want to play it safe, use just plain cream cheese without any add-ons.
Mix the cream cheese well. (Even if you don’t use any add-ons in the cream cheese, it’s still a good idea to mix it well as the consistency becomes softer.)
Divide the cream cheese on top of each bacon-wrapped strawberry.
Here we go. Ready to bake (or grill)!
Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 40 minutes, or until the bacon is done. Like said, you can also use a grill.
Remove from the oven and serve.
How I came up with this crazy recipe
This recipe is actually pretty old, from 2016. I have a text file where I collect crazy ideas and exciting tests. I remember I was doing tests with bacon-wrapped everything as I was creating a keto meal plan that contained plenty of bacon.
Well, the idea of a bacon-rich meal plan wasn’t maybe the best idea in the world, so I dropped it. However, I had developed many great recipes with bacon, so they were worth publishing as individual recipes either in my books or here on my blog.
The recipe for these Bacon-Wrapped Strawberry Volcanoes was one of those recipes I came up with. Here’s a photo I took of these treats back in 2016 when I was developing my bacony meal plan:
I remember the original version contained only bacon and strawberries, but at some point, I came to the crazy idea to add something on top. But what could that something be?
After a while, I thought cream cheese would lend a rich and mellow taste and complement the salty bacon and the fruity strawberries in a wonderful way.
However, I didn’t stop there. I wanted to try out different flavors with the cream cheese and find the ultimate seasonings to create the perfect and the most mouth-watering combo.
Here are my experiments, with the familiar rating (* = inedible; ***** = incredible):
- plain cream cheese ***1/2
- cream cheese with brown sugar substitute Sukrin Gold ***
- cream cheese with Ceylon cinnamon ***
- cream cheese with pumpkin pie spice **-
- cream cheese with vanilla stevia ***
- cream cheese with Ceylon cinnamon and vanilla stevia ****
- cream cheese with unflavored stevia ***-
- cream cheese with Ceylon cinnamon and unflavored stevia ***-
As you can see, the winner was the combination of Ceylon cinnamon and vanilla stevia — the exact combo you’ll find from this recipe. However, the runner-up was the plain cream cheese, which is a perfect option if you want to play it safe.
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 16 strawberries (preferably organic)
- 16 slices bacon
- 4 oz = 115 g full-fat cream cheese
- (Optional: 5-10 drops vanilla stevia)
- (Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon)
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
- Wrap each strawberry with a slice of bacon. Place the bacon-wrapped strawberries in a baking dish.
- If you use vanilla stevia and/or cinnamon, add them to the cream cheese and mix until well combined.
- Divide the cream cheese on top of each bacon-wrapped strawberry.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until the bacon is done. This dish is also perfect for grilling.
- Remove from the oven and serve.
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Tips for variation
You can certainly make your own tests with different herbs or seasonings. I bet flavorful herbs like mint, oregano, and basil would be worth experimenting with. How about adding a couple of basil leaves when you wrap the strawberries in bacon? Basil is a fantastic match with strawberry, like we know.
Feel free to add a more spicy kick to these treats. I bet chipotle, cayenne pepper, or different hot sauces like Louisiana Hot Sauce or Sriracha would be like the icing on the cake. (Well, isn’t that cream cheese on top a sort of icing anyway?)
You can replace the cream cheese with mascarpone. Now, when thinking of it, a cube of feta cheese on top would certainly be a delicious option.
It’s easy to reduce the carb count by using small strawberries – the smaller strawberries, the less carbs.
If you do your own experiments, please let me know in the comments how they turned out and what is your favorite combo! And first of all, how you liked this crazy recipe!
This week has been quite busy again with our Ketokamu activities. At the beginning of the week, we gathered again here at my home with the core team. Initially, we decided to bring our baking mix and our sweetener to the market in August, but as we don’t want to wait, we decided to launch them earlier, at the end of June, so pretty soon. Much needs to be still done, like designing the packages and ordering the ingredients to the factory that makes the products for us. I will also finalize the e-book which contains lots of delicious recipes and information of our products. I really love the baking mix as you can create so many different baked keto goods with it. For example, this bread contains only the baking mix and eggs — the texture and the taste are fabulous!
Last month, I was in Helsinki, recording an interview for a Health Summit that was organized this week. My interview went live on Friday. I hope people found useful and helpful stuff from the interview. I remember I told a lot about fructose and the many different ways it destroys or bodies!