A bacon and a date walk into a bar… or something about devil’s on horseback? Anyway, it’s delicious.
My first attempt at making these nut-stuffed and bacon-wrapped dates was for our New Year’s Eve party. Yah, more bacon, couldn’t help it, sorry. These are great for cocktail hour, appetizers, date night, or even a quick snack. All you need is a box of dates (bonus points if they are already pitted)! I’m writing out this recipe with the quantities I used for our party (30 pieces for 12 people), but you can of course make more or less. Cooking time will remain the same.
15 whole Medjool dates
1 lb bacon strips (regular cut)
30 halved salted, roasted pecans or walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 400*F and cover a large baking shit with aluminum foil. Using a sharp knife, cut lengthwise down each date to remove the pit and separate into halves. Cut the bacon strips into halves as well – I just removed the whole thing from the package in one piece and did them all together to keep from stretching the fattier pieces too much. Press a pecan into the center of each date half, rounded side facing inwards, and wrap with a piece of bacon. Place on the baking sheet seam-side down.
Bake for 10 minutes. Flip bacon bundles over, secure with toothpicks, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until bacon is completely cooked through. Serve immediately.
Note: Before you roll your eyes at having to flip the dates over, I did try to bake them without this step before and it just doesn’t work. If you do not flip the pieces over, the dates will burn before the bacon is cooked through.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to photograph the completed dish because they were gone by the time I got the B^3 out of the oven. Guess I’ll just have to make them again!