Cheat Day: Bacon’d Date Bundles
Happy 2014! Big news here today, new year new ideas! After some deliberation with The Boyfriend, and a few tweaks to our personal slow carb journey, I’ve decided to expand SlowCarbSnacktime’s recipe arsenal. Lately we’ve been cooking more and more of our cheat day meals at home in an effort to consume less processed food, so in addition to the slow carb/gluten-free meals you’re used to seeing here, I will now also be adding some of my gluten-free Cheat Day recipes as well. Mostly this just means I will be using more ingredients like fruit, cheese, and other natural sugars. My focus has never shifted from preparing and consuming fresh, local, organic ingredients with minimal processing and I just felt like it was time to share my approach to Cheat Day as well. Realistically, I can only hold off on a Taco Bell craving for so long, but for the rest of the time it’s just as easy to avoid gluten and weird chemicals for Cheat Day as it is the rest of the week (plus this gives me a chance to test out all these great treats I’ve been dying to experiment with).
For our first Cheat Day adventure, I’m sharing a snack I made for our New Year’s Eve party. Pecan-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates. 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 (like I said before, Costco has everything)! 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 whole salted, roasted pecans
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!