John’s Bacon-Wrapped Olives

These bacon-wrapped olives are simple to make and the perfect combination of classy meets country. From Martina McBride's new cookbook, My Kitchen Mix.

John’s Bacon-Wrapped Olives

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes



Another fabulous appetizer from country legend Martina McBride that’s perfect for game day or other entertaining. It’s upscale meets country! —Editor

©2018 by Oxmoor house: Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life. Photo courtesy of Oxmoor House.


  • 25 wooden picks
  • 1 pound smoked bacon (not thick-cut) cut into thirds
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar pimiento-stuffed queen olives, drained


  • 1 Soak the wooden picks in water for 1 hour; drain.
  • 2 Preheat a grill to 300-350˚F (medium).
  • 3 Wrap each piece of bacon around an olive, securing with a wooden pick. Grill over medium, turning often, until the bacon is browned and crisp. Serve warm.
  • 4 Garlic-Herb Goat Cheese Filling: Mix 2 ounces goat cheese (at room temperature); 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese; 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, chives, or parsley; 1 small garlic clove, finely grated; and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Use a pastry bag or a resealable plastic bag with the corner cut to stuff large, pitted green olives with this mixture, and then wrap them with the bacon and proceed as directed.


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