Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 mins

In these politically correct times, this recipe should, I suppose, come with a warning to the mothers of little boys: that it may cause offence. In Australia, cocktail frankfurts have - from time immemorial - been called "little boys". In this simple, super-quick recipe, the little boys are wrapped in bacon, and then microwaved. Then do with them what you will! Use them as the basic ingredient in an upmarket hot-dog, with whatever additional ingredients - salads, cheeses, salsas, sauces - take your fancy, or serve them unadorned as coctail frankfurts - as an appetiser. This version of this rather old-fashioned recipe - popular in the seventies and eighties - is made in the microwave. For the best results, use skinless frankfurts. For Australians, use Don's skinless frankfurts. To the best of my knowledge, there is no equivalent recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Little Girls! This recipe has been adapted from one in Australian chef Margaret Fulton's book 'Microwave Cooking'.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 dozen cocktail franks
  • 12 slices middle rasher bacon, rind removed and all (or most)
  • parsley sprig (to garnish)


  1. Wrap 1/2 rasher of the bacon around each frankurt, and secure it with a toothpick.
  2. Place the bacon-wrapped little boys in the microwave, cover with a paper towel and cook for 3-4 minutes, or for the appropriate time, depending on the heat level of your microwave. As always with microwaved food, cook a little at a time, and move the little boys around in the course of the cooking from the outer to middle areas etc.
  3. Remove the toothpicks, garnish the bacon-wrapped little boys with sprigs of parsley and serve them in hot-dog rolls, as appetisers or with a potato salad.
Most Helpful

These little snackies came together really quickly. I broiled them for a couple of minutes to get the bacon crisped up a little bit more. We enjoyed these while watching football today, they are the perfect munchie for sports!

Kim127 October 26, 2008

So easy to make,even easier to eat.I think these are great.Perfect for a snack or light lunch.I would have prefered the bacon to crisp up a bit,mine looked a bit insipid.They still disappeared quickly,regardless of the fact they were a bit pale. Very yummy-thanks.

Noo September 27, 2008

Really tasty. DH & I nibbled heartily on these & some other things we tried as part of a ZWT appy nite. These “little boys” have been around a long time in 1 form or another, but it was sure fun to revisit them again. Thx for posting.

twissis July 06, 2006