Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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Bacon-wrapped dates make a quick and healthy appetizer recipe. Everyone loves bacon-wrapped dates. They also make a great snack — and they'll keep in the fridge for days. (But I doubt you'll end up with any left.)

This is an extremely easy appetizer recipe. The bacon-wrapped dates only take about 10 minutes to prep — then 15-20 minutes in the oven. You can have these bacon-wrapped dates ready in less than half an hour.

I suggest only buying nitrate-free bacon, ideally from a farm or producer you trust. I usually buy my bacon from Rocky Canyon Farm here in Los Angeles. They don't feed their pigs soy, it's not genetically modified, and they don't use hormones or antibiotics. And all their bacon and sausage is nitrate-free.

Why Nitrate-Free? There's a lot of research out there that suggests that processed meats containing nitrates cause cancer. Read this article, Consumer Warning: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, which says that “Processed meat consumption results in 67% increase in pancreatic cancer risk.” I think that's reason enough to spend a few extra bucks on the nitrate-free variety.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ingredients:

Nitrate-free bacon (1 package (8 oz))
[easyazon-link asin=”B001E5DRC8″ locale=”us”]Dates[/easyazon-link], organic if possible (1 pound)

Equipment:

[easyazon-link asin=”B000MF8SL6″ locale=”us”]Baking dish[/easyazon-link]

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut the bacon slices in half.
3. Pit the dates with your fingers or with a paring knife.
4. Wrap each date with a half a slice of bacon. Use toothpicks if necessary.
5. Set on a baking dish, ideally one with high sides, so the bacon grease doesn't spill all over your oven when it melts.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon gets crispy.
7. Remove from oven and transfer the bacon-wrapped dates to a serving platter.

Note: Make sure you save that perfectly good bacon grease — pour it into a cast iron skillet and use it for something else!

This post is a part of Kitchen Tip Tuesdays at Tammy's Recipes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed With Grace and Blissfully Domestic. Visit Tammy's Recipes, Blessed With Grace, and Blissfully Domestic for more recipes and kitchen tips.

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54 thoughts on “Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  1. Oooh, Teri that sounds so yummy.

    I have also heard of stuffing the bacon-wrapped dates with bleu cheese or Parmesan or garlic slivers or almonds.

    I bet quince paste would be delicious too.

  2. There’s a place up here that does dates wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with lemon curd and it’s so good. The saltiness of the cured meat is a perfect foil for the sweetness of the date.

    Jenny’s last blog post..10 Reasons NOT to Give Up Red Meat

    1. It is much easier for me to get proscuitto. What is the lemon curd made of? Is it like a cream or a pudding. I think I would like to try it.

  3. My sister made these for her wedding reception and they were a huge hit. She piped cream cheese inside. Yum!

  4. I am so glad you joined us and linked up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I love this recipe for bacon wrapped dates. You can NEVER go wrong with bacon. Right? Also, thanks for all the great info on nitrate free bacon. I haven’t really thought about it. Thanks for bringing the subject to me. I hope you will join us again, very soon!

    Lisa@Blessedwithgrace’s last blog post..Tempt My Tummy Tuesday…

  5. Ann Marie,
    Thank you for emailing me and inviting me to email you back with questions.
    I’m not sure I got through; I sent two within the last few weeks and haven’t heard back from you….do you remember receiving them?
    Thanks,
    Beth

  6. I saw your link on Blissfully Domestic, and I’m glad I stopped by. I would never think to do this. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. So after reading your site this morning I had to make these for lunch! They were so good and with a salad they made quite a meal. Thanks for the great recipe

  8. Thanks for reminding me about this, I have had them made with dates cut in 1/2, filled with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon…so good!

  9. I ate these in Decatur GA at a new Spanish restaurant, the Iberian Pig, and loved them! Home now, I looked up the recipe and am headed to the store to make these little delicious delights. Thanks for sharing.

      1. I had never seen fresh dates until we were on a trip to Cairo and the street venders had tables and tables of fresh dates. It was a totally new experience. But the locals said not to eat them, since they were covered in flies!! Our immune system would not be able to tolerate it.

  10. These have become my favorite appetizer. They’re so easy, too. A sprinkle of dried ginger on the bacon before wrapping them is a yummy option.

  11. this is my absolute favorite appetizer to serve when we have a party! always a hit with everyone…and so healthy too 🙂

  12. Does anyone think it could work with prunes instead of dates? Or do you think it’d get mushy because prunes are softer than dates?

          1. Was just checking out this post again and saw that I never replied… 2 years late, but better than never. 😉

            Bacon wrapped prunes are delicious!! I think I prefer them over dates. 🙂

  13. A local restaurant serves these — on a small dessert plate that is lightly covered in sour cream and also contains a small container of 1/2 apple juice & 1/2 cider vinegar. The combination of the sour cream, dipping juice/vinegar, bacon & dates is so satisfying and delicious! It’s also very pretty. 🙂

  14. We have a local restaurant that serves Devils on Horseback.. . blue cheese stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon, then baked or fried (you choose). OMG my husband and I LOVE these!!

  15. I am confused, I thought you could not have bacon/ham on GAPS, also I saw in one of your recipes, you used celery and I thought that wasn’t GAPS legal. Help!

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