Bacon wrapped dates are easily one of my favorite appetizers and so simple to make its almost dangerous. I say “dangerous” mostly because I could easily eat an entire trayful on my own. Being something of a picky eater as a child (and as an adult), I’d never actually eaten a date until I visited Chicago tapas classic, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! with a friend. Since that first taste, bacon wrapped dates have become my go-to hors d’oeuvre and they never fail to impress.
I recently whipped up several batches for a family wedding shower and thought I’d share the unbelievably easy recipe. Thankfully I made some extra to keep at home because they were completely devoured! So, next time you have a dinner party or cocktail hour, grab your furriest sous chef and give these crowd-favorites a try.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Time: 30 minutes prep, cook for 15-18 minutes
Makes: Approx. 3 dozen
- 1 lb. pork bacon
- 3 dozen large, pitted dates
- Aluminum foil
- Baking sheet with high sides
- Jar (for bacon grease)
1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Line a high-sided baking sheet with aluminum foil (you don’t want to use a flat cookie sheet here, or your oven will be completely covered in bacon grease).
3. Slice each strip of bacon in half.
4. Wrap one half strip of bacon around one pitted date and place firmly on the aluminum lined baking sheet with the bacon ends down.
5. Continue to wrap and place bacon wrapped dates on baking sheet.
6. Place bacon wrapped dates in the oven and cook for 15-18 minutes.
7. Remove bacon wrapped dates from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Using tongs, move the slightly cooled bacon wrapped dates to a separate plate or tray.
8. You’ll notice a lot of bacon grease in the baking sheet. Carefully pour the bacon grease into a disposable jar or cup and allow to cool. Throw the bacon grease into the garbage once its room temperature.
9. Serve bacon wrapped dates warm with toothpicks for easy grabbing. Enjoy!
10. If you’re cooking a day or two in advance, stick the dates in the refrigerator once they’ve cooled completely. To reheat, just place in a 450 degree over for 2-3 minutes – the grease in the bacon will keep them from drying out.
How did this recipe work out for you? What’s your go-to appetizer or food to bring to a party? Let me know in the comments below!