Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Dates


My friend Jan was the hero of the appetizer table when she served these at a BBQ this summer. 
She kindly gave me permission to share it with you.
Somehow wrapping bacon around something elevates the flavours to another level.


  • 30 dates or prunes or both - make sure they are nice plump ones
  • whole almonds - I used blanched ones.
  • 10-12 slices bacon
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup brown sugar
  1. Remove the pit of each date or prune and replace it with a blanched almond.
  2. Cut uncooked bacon slices into thirds. (crosswise)
  3. Wrap each date or prune with a third of a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.*
  4. Place close together in a baking pan and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake at 375º for about 30-40 minutes or until bacon is caramelized and crisp.
  6. Remove to platter and serve.
* If you soak the toothpicks in water for a half hour or so before assembling the dates, your toothpicks will not char like mine did.


5 comments:

  1. What did she use?...dates or prunes?

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  2. I used both - half prunes and half dates. And the plate was empty in no time!

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  3. Can the prunes and/or dates be eaten at room temperature or are they better warm from the oven?

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  4. Hmmm, that sounds interesting. My dad always LOVED stuffed dates (pecan inside and rolled in powdered sugar! YUM). I may hafta try these. Saw a recipe on TV this am for sugared bacon--bacon laid on baking sheet, spread with brown sugar then baked til it would stand up on it's own (think the key was starting it in a cold oven). That sounded good, too!!

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  5. I have often thought of making these, but never have. Last night I went to a friends 80th bday, get together. Her daughter brought these. In some she put a cube of Feta as well as the nut. Both were very good. For sure I am making these for our family Christmas Eve snacks

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