Mini BLT Cups – An Easy Appetizer Recipe

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Mini BLT Cups are little appetizers containing all the flavors of your favorite BLT in one small bite. A crispy toast shell holds a delicious filling of chopped tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, smoky bacon and creamy mayonnaise. A variation of this recipe originally appeared in my cookbook, 101 Things To Do With Bacon.

You can prepare the tiny shells in advance and do most of the prep work for the filling early. I love appetizers that can be made ahead of time, because then you can enjoy your own party instead of fussing in the kitchen.

easy BLT cups

The crispy shells look special, but they couldn’t be easier. The secret? They’re made with soft sliced bread. You can fill them with other fillings, too — finely chopped salads of chicken, shrimp, or crab are all delicious.

To begin, roll the bread slices firmly with a rolling pin to flatten.

Making mini BLT cups

Then, cut out little circles with a 2-inch round cutter. I used a fluted cutter, but you can use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter.

BLT appetizer shell

Use your fingers to gently press the rounds into a mini muffin tin:

appetizer toast cups

Bake at 450 degrees F until the toast cups are just starting to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool in the pan for a minute, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

appetizer bread cups

The shells can be prepared ahead of time and stored in a tightly sealed container for 1 to 2 days.

You can also fry up the crispy bacon bits for the filling a day or two ahead of time, drain and refrigerate.

frying chopped bacon

On the day of the party, all that’s left to do is combine the bacon, chopped Romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Just before the party, fill the little toast cups with the filling. Arrange on a platter and serve.

Mini BLT appetizer

Here’s the recipe:

Mini BLT Cups

6 slices soft white or wheat bread
6 slices finely chopped bacon, cooked and drained
1 cup shredded Romaine lettuce
1 pound ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and finely chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and lightly grease a mini-muffin pan. Flatten each slice of bread with a rolling pin, and cut 4 rounds from each slice with a 2-inch cookie cutter. Press the rounds into the mini-muffin pans to form shallow cups and bake until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Combine the bacon, lettuce, and chopped tomato in a large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Fill each bread cup with a generous portion of the BLT mixture and serve immediately. Makes 24 mini BLT cups.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 16 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

4 thoughts on “Mini BLT Cups – An Easy Appetizer Recipe”

  1. Thank you for the yummy and simple recipe without a bunch of pop-up ads! Much appreciated and I am anxious to try your recipe.

    Where did you get your cutter with a pop-out thingie?

    • Kristi, thank you for your kind comments. I was especially happy to hear your feedback about the lack of intrusive ads. That’s been a conscious decision in order to make the browsing experience here relaxing for readers.

      Here’s a link to a set of fluted cutters that work perfectly for this recipe:

      Thanks again and all the best, Eliza

  2. I am making these precious little cups today. Can I make the filling in the morning to fill for a luncheon. It would be refrigerated for about 5 hrs before filling cups.

    • Ruth, I hope your luncheon is great fun! Yes, you can make the filling in advance. If you want the lettuce to be extra crispy, you could store it in the fridge in a separate baggie and add it to the filling right before you fill the cups. But that’s not a big deal. Hope you enjoy this tasty recipe! ~Eliza


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