Guests (or your date!) will fall in love with these 2 ingredient Hot Dates! Bacon Wrapped Dates take minutes to wrap up and turn to addicting little chewy morsels of crispy bacony goodness after just a quick pop in the oven.
Bacon wrapped dates can be pre-wrapped and frozen for up to a month for an even faster wholesome, sweet and salty snack.
Perfect Make Ahead Appetizer
Go ahead and make these little guys ahead of time. Then simply pop in your oven before guests arrive, or before you pull the cork on the wine for your date night at home. Doesn’t get much easier than that and because there’s nothing scary that would require refrigeration you don’t have to worry about how long they’ve been sitting on the buffet so you can leave them guests to graze without worry.
They’re almost as tasty at room temperature as fresh from the oven… heavy emphasis on almost.
It’s real hard to beat a caramelized, chewy date covered in warm, crispy bacon.
A lightly sweet and salty snack that pairs just as well with beer as it does with champagne? Yes please!
And since bacon wrapped dates are naturally gluten free, paleo and containing only natural sugar they are good-to-go for most of your diet restricted guests.
When I was married almost 9 years ago I wanted my love of food and entertaining to take center stage. The homemade, family style, food-centric theme weaved through the entire day. With a menu of all our favorite things lovingly made by my family members and I it was beautiful. And the pre ceremony cocktail hour full of our favorite sips and snacks was one of the best parts!
A pre-ceremony cocktail hour? Yep! And it was probably one of the best decisions of the day. After the I DO of course!!
People loved it. And, although I wasn’t there I can imagine how magical it was. To be amongst the big evergreens behind my childhood home, bluegrass band strumming and singing. My nephews giving long stemmed roses to guests. My loved ones serving themselves and passing trays of homemade appetizers and cocktails. We served these bacon wrapped dates (that I had been wrapping and freezing for weeeeks) and tomato cheese curd bruschetta. Of course for a fancy affair like a backyard country wedding, we fancied ’em up toothpicks and all!
Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
Find pitted medjool dates in the produce department of most grocery stores. Dates with pits can be used but removing them is time consuming and totally defeats the purpose of a quick 2 ingredient recipe.
Thin sliced bacon is preferred to thick bacon and gets crisper, faster. Thick sliced bacon is yummy but will take slightly longer to cook and will fall off a good majority of the dates unless you toothpick ’em. For most parties I take the time to use toothpicks but when I don’t there are no complaints. Plus if the kind of person who will complain about bacon and roasted dates is at my party I may need to rethink my guests list!
- 10 ounces medjool dates about 35-40, pitted
- 1 pound sliced bacon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Soak toothpicks in water, if using.
- Cut entire package of bacon in thirds. Working one at a time, stretch a bacon piece around a pitted date and place seam side down on baking sheet. Continue until all dates are wrapped in bacon.
- Bake until bacon is evenly browned and dates are caramelized, turning halfway through, 14 to 18 minutes total.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
With only two ingredients and no special tools, this recipe is simple perfection. But, like all the best recipes you can take the method and personalize it.
Stuff with nuts, cheese, fresh and/or dried fruit. Almonds, pistachios, apples, dried apricot, blue cheese and goat cheese are all great options. Stick some fresh herbs like tarragon or mint inside. Or stir dried spices like curry powder or black pepper into soft cheese before stuffing.
Swap out bacon for prosciutto and reduce baking time. Or wrap with salami and serve cold instead of baking. Meat lover? Stuff the dates with sausage rounds AND wrap with bacon.
Drizzle with honey, maple syrup or fruit preserves before or after baking.
Get Creative! Make it your own!
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