Bacon-Wrapped Dates


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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Trim the tops of each date where the pit has been removed so that the top comes to at point (to resemble a triangle). Add the ricotta to a plastic bag and snip the end to make a pastry bag. Stuff each date with ricotta, then wrap a 1/2 slice of bacon around each. Secure with a toothpick. Roast the dates on their sides in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool. Add the crème fraîche to another plastic big with a trimmed corner. On a serving platter, pipe 25 small circles of crème fraîche (about the size of the fat end of each bacon-wrapped date). Place the bacon wrapped dates, pointed side up, on top of each circle. Pipe a small circle on the top of each date, so that they resemble Santa hats.


Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

BACON WRAPPED DATES are the best way to unite bacon with fruit! The natural sweetness of the dates go so good together with the saltiness of the bacon.

My first experience with dates was as an adult. Someone brought them to work one day to share with her co-workers.

At first I thought they looked kind of funny. Then I started to bite into it and I thought the texture was kind of funny. <&mdashYes, I was picky.

I pointed both out to my co-worker who told me to try it anyway. So I did, I eased into it a bit, and it was FANTASTIC! She gave me a couple of more for later.

Now here I am a few years later, publishing recipes left and right (the pickiness is mostly gone!), and I needed to bring dates into the picture! So since we focus on easy recipes here, this is the easiest recipe ever using dates!

The taste of bacon wrapped dates is somewhat similar to a honeyed ham. Sweet, salty, rich, chewy, all the good things! So if you like that, you will like this!


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice one side of each date lengthwise to create an opening. Remove the pit, then stuff each date with a small amount of goat cheese.
  3. Wrap each date with bacon, hold in place with a toothpick and place seam-side down on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven. Drizzle the glaze over the dates and sprinkle with rosemary, then return to the oven for 10 more minutes, until the bacon is fully cooked and crispy.
  5. Remove toothpicks and insert cocktail picks to serve, if desired.

How to make bacon wrapped dates

Prep your workstation

These are are easy that my kids actually did the prep work for me last time while I focused on other dishes. How easy are they? Just set up an assembly line and go.

Count out how many dates and almonds you need, and set them in two piles. Once you touch bacon, you don&rsquot want to put your hands back into the bag of dates or almonds &ndash yuck!

Do the same with your toothpicks, and add an extra two or three. Inevitably, I stick a toothpick into the middle of an almond and break it off at least once or twice.

Again, no one wants to have to contaminate anything once you started. Worst case, you can stop, wash your hands, and count out some more of anything you missed, but why take extra time to make these?

Slice your thick cut bacon in half, and set it to the far right of your other ingredients. From there, you start your assembly.

I like to bake my bacon wrapped dates on a jelly roll pan either lined with a silpat for easy cleanup or with a wire rack over the baking sheet setup. With the wire rack, the bacon cooks evenly all the way around, but it does provide an extra dish to clean once you finish.

The benefit is that you don&rsquot have to remember to pull the pan out halfway through baking to rotate each of the dates. If you let them cook all the way without rotating, they end up with a softer texture on the bottom that feels &ldquooff&rdquo somehow.

Assemble your bacon wrapped dates

Once you&rsquore ready to go, carefully slide a whole marcona almond into the center of each date. Remember to pit the dates first if they don&rsquot come pitted.

Wrap a half slice of bacon around each date. It should overlap just slightly.

Stick a toothpick in the overlap all the way through the date to secure the bacon. Make sure you leave a good &ldquohandle&rdquo on the toothpick, so don&rsquot stick it too far through.

Repeat for each bacon wrapped date and set them on your silpat or wire rack over a baking dish. You can place them fairly close together, but ensure they have some space between them or you will steam them rather than bake them, and that ruins the texture, too.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for a total of 18 minutes. If you don&rsquot use a wire rack, make sure to flip them over at the 11 minute mark so all sides bake evenly.

Remove from the oven and drain on a paper towel before serving. You can store any leftovers in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for two to three days, but I doubt they&rsquoll last that long!


  • Use half pieces of bacon. A whole piece will wrap too many times around the date. You don’t want it to overlap too much or the bacon won’t cook fully.
  • Soften your cheese to room temperature. This will make it much easier to scoop and spoon into each date.
  • Bake longer to crisp the bacon. If you prefer crispier bacon, leave the dates in the oven for a couple more minutes.
  • Use a spoon or piping bag. I used a small spoon to scoop the cheese into the date.
  • Use thin-cut bacon. This ensures that it cooks fully!
  • Remove the pits from the dates. This may go without saying, but make sure you remove the pits from each date before you spoon in the cheese. You could even replace it with an almond for some extra crunch!

This easy appetizer is delicious as is, but if you’re feeling adventurous, here are some ways you can get creative with the recipe!

  • Use a different cheese. Try substituting goat cheese with blue, brie, feta, ricotta, or cream cheese!
  • Use a different dried fruit. This recipe would also work with figs, apricots, or even prunes.
  • Use a different meat. Try prosciutto instead of bacon. Keep in mind the cook time will be affected!
  • Add nuts. Tuck half a pecan or a whole almond inside the date before adding the cheese for a little extra crunch.
  • Spice it up. Mix spices, seasonings, or herbs into your cheese like paprika, garlic, chives, etc.
  • Caramelize them. Coat the dates in honey or maple syrup before baking! Personally, I find this too sweet, but some people enjoy this!
  • Make vegetarian. Omit the bacon, then top with maldon sea salt to compensate for the salty flavor and crunch the bacon would’ve provided.

How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Yield Makes 20 to 24 bites

  • shellfish-free
  • fish-free
  • alcohol-free
  • peanut-free
  • gluten-free
  • egg-free
  • soy-free
  • wheat-free
  • no-oil-added
  • Calories 247
  • Fat 15.2 g (23.3%)
  • Saturated 5.8 g (28.9%)
  • Carbs 23.2 g (7.7%)
  • Fiber 2.0 g (8.2%)
  • Sugars 20.6 g
  • Protein 6.5 g (12.9%)
  • Sodium 262.6 mg (10.9%)

Ingredients

dried Medjool dates (12 to 16 ounces)

goat cheese or blue cheese

bacon, preferably of medium thickness

Toothpicks soaked in water

Equipment

Parchment or nonstick baking liner

Instructions

Heat the oven to 400°F. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat and set aside.

Cut open the dates. Use a paring knife to cut a slit in the side of each date. Use your thumbs to open the date slightly. Remove the pits if your dates still have them inside.

Stuff with goat cheese. Use a spoon to stuff a little goat cheese or blue cheese into each date. Use the back of the spoon to press the cheese into the date. If you're adding almonds, press an almond or two into the cheese. Press the date closed.

Wrap the dates with bacon. Cut the strips of bacon in half crosswise. Wrap each date with a half-strip of bacon. Secure the end of the bacon with a toothpick.

Arrange the dates on the baking sheet. Place the stuffed date on its side on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dates, spacing them evenly apart.

Bake for 15 minutes. Bake the dates for 15 minutes.

Flip and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more. Flip the dates. Keep an eye on the dates and remove from the oven as soon as the bacon is as crispy as you like it, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Transfer the dates to a plate with a paper towel to drain. If the dates seem greasy, blot the sides as well as the bottoms with paper towels. Serve warm or room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The dates can be prepped and refrigerated for up to a day before baking. Keep covered.

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories.


Recipe Options

When we throw a dinner party or holiday party, I like to stuff dates with an assortment of nuts and cheeses so that our guests have choices. They make an excellent 3 or 4 ingredient appetizer. Here are some of my favorite combinations (as you'll see in my recipe video below):

  • Just Cheese: Stuff dates with goat cheese, feta cheese, or blue cheese before wrapping in bacon. One to two teaspoons of cheese per date, depending on the size of the pocket left in the date once you remove the pit.
  • Just Nuts: Stuff dates with toasted nuts, either almonds or pecans, before wrapping in bacon. (Great for Paleo diets.)
  • Cheese and Nuts: Stuff dates with goat cheese and an almond, blue cheese and a pecan, or feta and an almond before wrapping in bacon

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Shawn and I aren’t really in to gifts. Instead, we gift each other date nights out, or day trips around California, or vacations. To us, memories are much more important than things. This year, we decided to skip gifts and instead spend Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend away in Murphy’s, CA which is the cutest little wine town in gold country.

But Thursday after work, I came home to a sparkling clean house, with a glass of wine waiting for me and this plate of bacon wrapped dates. As we enjoyed a little after work drink and appetizer, he told me that he had filmed AND photographed this recipe for me so I could put it on the blog, and not have to worry about shooting a blog recipe this weekend and just enjoy our time away. Best Valentine’s Day present I could ever get.

If you have never made bacon wrapped dates, you need to change that immediately. It is such a quick and tasty 2 ingredient appetizer that everyone loves. It’s salty mixed with sweet, crispy mixed with creamy. A delicious combination that is paleo, gluten free and Whole30 approved.

I like to microwave the bacon for 1 minute, just to get the cooking time sped up. That 1 minute of cooking also leaves you with much crispier bacon in the end.

These bacon wrapped dates taste best served within an hour of cooking them. My favorite is when they’re still warm from the oven, just about 10 minutes after baking. I wouldn’t recommend making these far in advance, they don’t keep very well.

Follow Shawn’s lead and surprise your sweety with an afterwork bacon wrapped date date, which is the best kind of date of all.


The following is a sponsored post for Stella® Cheese, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. This Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe is sure to be a holiday hit!

There is something special about savory and sweet foods, melting together bite by bite. They tend to be hard to resist the temptation is too much for me. Stuffed bacon wrapped dates are one appetizer I always look forward to at gatherings for the holidays. If you spot them at a party, you can be sure I’m not too far away. My favorite Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is straightforward and easy to make.

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Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

16 Jumbo Medjool Dates
8oz Stella Organic Fresh Mozzarella
8oz Center Cut Bacon
Toothpicks

– While your oven is pre-heating to 375 degrees, slice one side of the date and remove the pit.
– Cut 1/4 inch thick strips of the cheese, then cut again into four equal length pieces.

– Stuff each date with a piece of cheese and pinch the date closed along the cut.
– Cut your bacon strips in half, wrapping each stuffed date with a 1/2 slice of bacon. Secure the bacon using a toothpick.

– Line a shallow pan or baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the stuffed bacon wrapped dates.
– Bake for 8-9 minutes before turning the dates so that all sides crisp evenly. Continue to bake until the bacon reaches your desired level of crispness 5-7 minutes.
– Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before diving in because the cheese will be hot.

Which of your classic holiday dishes would you revamp with Stella Cheese? Which gourmet Stella cheese would you use?

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

I don&apost know about you, but all someone has to do to grab my attention these days is merely utter two little words in conjunction: bacon-wrapped. Just the words themselves conjure up tempting and mouth-watering thoughts of party appetizers, tailgating food, and yes, even desserts. In my mind, there is nothing that can&apost or shouldn&apost be bacon-wrapped. There is something particularly special that happens when you bacon-wrap something sweet. The rich, salty, crispy bacon contrasts the sweet flavors so deeply that it really becomes the perfect flavor marriage.

This is the case with bacon-wrapped dates. With only two ingredients, you know it&aposs going to be super easy. The key to this dish is making sure you cook the bacon until crisp but don&apost overcook the date inside. Also, make sure you use a non-stick frying pan for the best results. Beyond that advice, all I can say is eat up, indulge, and enjoy!

Check out some of our favorite bacon-wrapped dishes below and simply click an image to get the recipe.