Bacon wrapped dates recipe – only the best easy appetizer recipe ever2
I hesitated in posting a recipe for bacon-wrapped dates, not because they’re not delicious – on the contrary, there’s something quite magical about bacon wrapping a soft, sweet date. No… I hesitated because this gem of all hors d’oeurvres recipes [that's "hor dourves" for those of you not required by law to take French classes as part of your educational system ;)] – is too simple to require writing down. However, when I recently brought this dish as an appetizer for a little get-together, people were wowed and amazed. “What is this deliciousness?!”, “Are there any more?”, “Can I have the recipe?” What’s a girl with blog to do, but to write a post, and point them to it!
This bacon wrapped dates recipe WILL make you the star of your next potluck or party, because really, who doesn’t like bacon, and the awesome combination of salty and sweet? The only problem with making these is that they don’t last very long, so it might not be a bad idea to make at least three for each guest if you’re using them as a fingerfood for parties. Thankfully, bacon-wrapped dates are the best easy appetizer recipe ever, and I love using a toaster oven to make them because it uses less energy and you’re free to use the oven for other things, if you’re hosting a meal at your house. Because this is a simple, two-ingredient recipe (if you’re feeling fancy, you can call them “Devils on Horseback” instead), I recommend that you splurge and get the best bacon you can – preferably pasture-raised, naturally smoked, organic bacon and the biggest, plumpest and juiciest medjool dates. It’s SO worth it. A bonus is that if you use quality bacon, the fat is worth saving to use for other dishes.
(Oh, and in case you’re scared of bacon, I’ll point you to my post on Good Fats vs. Bad Fats for Good Health. But if you’re looking for the TL;DR (too long – didn’t read) version, bacon and animal fat are NOT bad for you.)
- 12 slices of bacon
- 24 medjool dates
- Mango chutney or goat cheese or other fillings
- Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350F
- Cut your bacon in half, so that you have two pieces of half the original length.
- Optional: Slit your date and stuff with mango chutney or goat cheese. Get creative with savory or sweet fillings, but there's no need to go overboard. Even plain dates in bacon are good.
- Wrap the bacon around your dates and space them apart on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, and then broil for about 5 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Stick toothpicks in each bacon-wrapped date before serving. Enjoy!