With Thanksgiving we officially kick off the holiday entertaining season and one of my favorite recipes that I make every year are bacon wrapped dates – they are slightly sweet, totally savory, and well, just plain delicious!! It’s a “trigger” recipe that heralds the season for me. Best of all, they are a simple dish that you can whip up in under 30 minutes!! They are a tasty appetizer or side-dish to your meal, so, let’s dive in to How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates!
Basically all you need is bacon and dates. You want the nice fat Medjool dates for this dish. They can be found in your produce section. They typically are sold loosely by the pound or sometimes I’ve seen them in a small, clear tub. These are different from the dates found in the dried fruit aisle in my grocery store – those tend to be really small and not ideal for wrapping in bacon. OK, got your dates? Check for pits! Use a small paring knife to slit the date and remove the pit, it’s not fun to bite into this and hit a rock hard pit.
Once your pits are removed you are ready to wrap and roll (ha! I couldn’t resist!). I cut my bacon in half and get more “mileage” that way – plus it’s a better bacon to date ratio in my opinion. Simply place the date on top of the bacon and roll-up. You can insert a toothpick if you like – sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. If I’m making a bunch for a party I do, it makes it easier for guests to pick up while they are mingling. If it’s just us I normally skip it. We gobble these right up.
Set your oven to 375° and bake for about 20 minutes. I lightly spray the pan with cooking spray before baking to help the bacon not stick at first. Also, be sure to use a pan with a high edge so you don’t get bacon grease everywhere. Flip them over during the last 6 minutes or so of cooking. At this point they should keep their shape – if you’re using a toothpick this is not an issue, flip at the half-way point.
- Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking pan (with high edge) with foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray (to help the bacon not stick at first).
- Remove pits from dates
- Place date on a piece of bacon and roll up. Insert toothpick if you like to keep bacon secure and act as a "handle' for guests.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes - flip halfway through cooking time.
- Remove, cool, and enjoy!
Remove from the oven, cool, and ENJOY! You will have guests asking for the recipe, I always do. It’s such a simple one and that’s one of it’s charms to me. I’ve seen folks add cheese, nuts, and other items, and they’re good, but somehow I always come back to the basics…
If serving them as the starter for dinner you could even present them in sweet little containers at the table. Here I used teeny-tiny star-shaped biscuit tins.