Palm Heart Bacon Bites (Espetinho de Palmito com Bacon)


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Are you a sports fan?  With the Super Bowl coming up, it is great to have some quick to prepare yet tasty finger foods at hand — especially for those who have to prepare an assortment of them. :) This year, we will be celebrating this event with something both different and familiar: easy, four-ingredient Palm Heart Bacon Bites (or Espetinho de Palmito com Bacon)!!  Excited?


If you have never had the chance to try hearts of palm — a healthy, nutritious, low carb Southern American vegetable, this is your chance.  It is available canned in Latin markets across America, and also in the Latin aisle of a few American supermarkets. Of course, fingerling or baby potatoes, baby carrots, bite-sized celery stalks, asparagus, and pineapple would be suitable substitutions — although naturally their flavor and texture are not the same as the hearts of palm.  I am a fan of hearts of palm– and so is my American hubby!


How about bacon? It needs no introduction, right? :) Farmland® bacon is one of our family’s favorite — especially my husband’s.  It is slow smoked over real hardwoods for maximum flavor, making a difference in every bite. Because you can never have too much bacon, we used the thick cut in our palm heart bacon bites! 😉

Ingredients -- bacon bites

The fibrous, mildly sour hearts of palm contrast well with the meaty, smoked bacon, resulting in an unforgettable bite. My husband can talk about this better than anyone else. The Super Bowl is about 10 days away… and his contagious excitement about our bacon bites made me cook them already twice within one week. Now is that what you call a favorite or what?

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Palm Heart Bacon Bites
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Palm Heart Bacon Bites are quick, low carb, small bites served with pesto or chimichurri sauce --ideal for sports games and parties.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
  • 5 strips of Farmland® Naturally Hickory Smoked Thick Cut Bacon, sliced in half
  • 5 hearts of palm, sliced in half crosswise (i.e. cutting the long cylinder into two smaller cylinders)
  • Fresh thyme to sprinkle (optional)
  • ½ cup store-bought pesto sauce or homemade chimichurri sauce
  1. Roll half strip of bacon over half heart of palm. Stick a toothpick all the way through to hold the bacon around the heart of palm. Place palm heart bacon bites onto a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until bacon is brown and crispy. Serve hot with pesto or chimichurri sauce on the side. Bacon bites can be accompanied by beer or guaraná soda.
1. Hearts of palm suitable substitutions: Fingerling or baby potatoes, baby carrots, bite-sized celery stalks, asparagus, and pineapple (although naturally their flavor and texture are not the same as the hearts of palm).
2. Chimichurri sauce is the South American pesto made from parsley.



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42 Responses to Palm Heart Bacon Bites (Espetinho de Palmito com Bacon)

  1. SallyBR 20 January, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Oh, I am soooo doing this! Love the fact that it’s baked, and my American hubby also loooooves hearts of palm

    I am game! (cute pun, non?)

    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      You won’t regret it, Sally! It is one of the easiest yet tasty finger foods I have ever prepared. My hubby is eating more of these bites right now. :)

  2. Mi Vida en un Dulce 20 January, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    In Peru we also called it Palmito, and what a great idea to combine it with bacon.
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    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

      Thanks, Nydia! I hope you can try these bites since palmito is available in Peru.

  3. Amy (Savory Moments) 20 January, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    What a great idea and these look super tasty!
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    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      Amy, thanks! It is something simple for the game day — especially because several finger foods have to be served on that day.

  4. Amira 20 January, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    This looks so delish and easy. I’ll be looking for the canned one and will use turkey bacon instead.
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    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

      Since you cannot eat real bacon, it is a great idea to use turkey bacon instead, Amira! I hope you enjoy these bites.

  5. Sugar et al. 20 January, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    This is a brilliant idea! I love those flavors and they looks so cute too. Now I have to look for palm hearts:-)

    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

      Sonali, my dear, thank you very much! I hope you find canned palm hearts in Australia and make these bites. xx

  6. Kiran @ 20 January, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    These look so exotic and what’s not to love when its wrap with bacon :)
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    • Denise Browning 20 January, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

      Bacon really goes well with everything — and also by itself! :)

  7. Shashi at Runninsrilankan 21 January, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    such a cool combo og palm hearts and bacon! LOVE this, Denise!

  8. Who can resist bacon? Great idea to pair it with palm hearts — very creative. Perfect for a party! Thanks.
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    • Denise Browning 21 January, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      I hope you have a fun Super Bowl enjoying our finger food!

  9. Deb|EastofEdenCooking 21 January, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    The only time I watch football is the Superbowl! I adore the festive party and all the hype surrounding the big game. While my husband is glued to the screen I enjoy making all the game food. Your recipe is timely! I am just putting together my menu and shopping list. Who could resist the luscious Palm Heart Bacon Bites!

    • Denise Browning 21 January, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      Enjoy these bites, Deb! — and the Superbowl as well.

  10. Coffee and Crumpets 21 January, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I’ve tried hearts of palm buts it’s not something I eat regularly. I should look for them again and add them to my regular repertoire.
    These would be fantastic for the SB. I’m not going to watch this year… My beloved Broncos didn’t make it :(
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    • Denise Browning 21 January, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      I am so sorry for your team, Nazneen! But at least you can try these bites with turkey bacon to celebrate another occasion.

  11. I’ve only ever had hearts of palm in salads, which I love. These look like such perfect little bites! And I can’t wait to try hearts of palm this way!
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    • Denise Browning 21 January, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

      You won’t regret to give these bites a try, Anne! In Brazil, hearts of palm are used in salads, soups, bisques, appetizers, savory pies, and other dishes. It is a versatile veggie!

  12. Rekha 22 January, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    This is new to me but looks absolutely delish! perfect game food
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    • Denise Browning 22 January, 2015 at 7:31 am #

      I hope you get to try palm hearts, Rekha! It is a low-carb, nutritious vegetable… I bet you would enjoy it…and wrapped in bacon is even more delicious! :)

  13. marcela 22 January, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    So yummy! Looks terrific! Nobody can resist bacon! That’s a fact! 😀

  14. Liz 22 January, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Oh, I love hearts of palm! And wrapped in bacon? What an amazing combination, Denise!
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  15. Juliana 22 January, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Oh palmito…it had been while since I had it…I have never thought in wrapping palmito in bacon…great idea Denise…they sure look delicious!
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  16. Raymund 23 January, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    I would love nibbling on these delicious appetizers
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  17. Ash-foodfashionparty 23 January, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Absolutely a nice way to pair them together. I am not a big game day fan but hey, I could cook some of this for others and we will all be enjoying. Lovely. Have a great weekend.

    • Denise Browning 23 January, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      I like soccer but I can happily cook for any sports game. We too have a great week, Ash!!!!

  18. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine 24 January, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Oh man, these look so… good. Just say the word “bacon” and you’ve got me hooked. I never thought of wrapping hearts of palm though. What a GREAT idea!
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  19. Anna @ shenANNAgans 25 January, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    These sound positively amazing. Bacon wrapped anything is amazing, I’ve never heard of palm hearts before, but shall check at my farmers markets for something similar to whip these beauties up next weekend. Having a picnic with friends, its my birthday. Yay! Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
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  20. Gourmet Getaways 25 January, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    In the Philippines, the heart of palm is used in a savoury crepe as a filling.. It’s very good. You made a really tasty partnership here with the bacon wrapping the heart of palm. We say YUM!

    Julie & Alesah
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  21. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence 27 January, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    These sound magnificent! Hearts of palm is one of my favorite vegetables. Wrapping it in bacon is genius. I love the textures and flavors. Pinned!
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    • Denise Browning 27 January, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi, Tiffany! Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy this easy appetizer…

  22. Little Cooking Tips 28 January, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    Looks great, but unfortunately this one we cant’ try. Palm heart isn’t sold here. Mildly sour and fibrous.Hmmm…could we use perhaps pieces of artichoke? Is there any resemblance in texture?:)
    Beautiful photography(as always), made us drool over the keyboard:)

  23. Karen (Back Road Journal) 30 January, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    I love hearts of palm in salads and can just imagine how good this little bites are.
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  24. francesca 2 February, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    Haven’t had hearts of palm in ages! ahh, bacon makes everything delectable :)


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