Bacon Wrapped Dates. Do I really need to say more?
I am obsessed with really great dates. It is amazing to me how incredibly sweet and caramel-y these little fruits are. Every time Kevin travels to the middle east he brings me loads of soft, fresh dates. I, seriously, think these are better than any candy. Now a bad date is almost as disappointing as, well… a bad date. Pitted dates are often very dry, and unimpressive, like an accountant telling jokes. Save yourself.
Love at first bite.
Whoever thought to wrap a date in bacon is an absolute genius. Now, it is kind of ironic because dates have been a staple in the middle east for centuries and are just now becoming familiar to those in the US, and many people who live in the middle east do not eat pork. So, this is definitely a western idea, but I am all for it. This is a the perfect appetizer. It is easy enough for a non-cook, and delicious enough to please just about anyone. It is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.
Now, choose your dates for this recipe wisely. Look for large medjool dates that contain pits. Here is an option I would recommend:
Also, choose a good, nitrate free uncured bacon. The trickiest part of this bacon wrapped date recipe is finding the sweet spot where the bacon is cool enough to wrapped around the dates but not yet rigid.
Alright, get at it.
Easy Bacon Wrapped Dates
Sweet, chewy dates wrapped in crispy bacon. Enough said.
- 10 large dates with pits
- 10 slices thin cut bacon nitrate free
Cut the dates in half, removing the pit.
Pan fry the bacon. Do not overcook.
Remove bacon from the pan. Pat grease with a paper towel, and allow to cool briefly.
Begin wrapping the halved dates with bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Be careful not to burn your pretty little fingers!
Be sure to purchase dates with pits. They tend to be much softer and fresher than the already pitted varieties. Trust me on this one.