This Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is a quick and tasty appetizer that’s a definite crowd pleaser. They’re the perfect combination of salty and sweet. This is a great recipe for the holiday season and is super simple to make!
Bacon is always a hit. So I say, bring on all the bacon recipes. Whether it be Stuffed Cherry Peppers Wrapped with Bacon, Bacon Fried Rice, or even a DIY Bacon Bar. That’s why this is one of the best classic appetizer recipes out there.
Fall is officially upon us. And it seems that once it hits I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy party appetizers – Football season, Thanksgiving, Christmas… Here’s one of the easiest appetizer recipes that’s always a winner:
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds
These sweet dates plump up in the oven and are the perfect compliment to the crunch of the almonds. Plus, to top it off – bacon. Smoky, salty, sweet, crispy, crunchy. All the adjectives are there! They may just be the perfect appetizer!
And while I’m stuffing my dates with marcona almonds, you can also use standard almonds. There are also traditional stuffed dates recipes that use cheese instead of nuts. My favorite thing is that this recipe works just the same if you’d like to swap out the almonds for cheese. Here are some creamy cheese options:
Bacon wrapped dates variations
- Blue Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates – Swap in 5 oz. blue cheese for the almonds.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cream Cheese – Swap in 5 oz. cream cheese for the almonds.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese – Swap in 5 oz. goat cheese for the almonds.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates with Brown Sugar – Sprinkle wrapped dates with ¼ cup brown sugar before baking.
What is the Difference Between Medjool Dates and Regular Dates?
- Medjool dates are larger, lighter in color, softer and sweeter than regular, smaller dates (also known as deglet noor dates). They are often found in the produce section in plastic packages, or in the bulk foods section.
What Are Marcona Almonds?
- Marcona almonds have no skins, and have a sweeter, more buttery texture than standard almonds. They’re most often found in grocery stores near the gourmet cheese section. However, you can also use standard almonds in this recipe.
What to Do if Your Dates are a Bit Dry:
- The best way to revive dry dates is to place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for about 10 minutes, then and then strain the fruit and discard the water.
What Kind of Bacon to Use?
- I prefer using thin cut bacon in this recipe because it cooks up more crispy. However, any bacon you have on hand will work in this recipe. If your bacon is thicker, you may just need to add a couple minutes to the cook time.
How to Get Crispy Bacon:
- Use thin bacon vs. thick cut.
- Use only ⅓ – ½ a strip of bacon per date (depending on your date size). It should wrap around about 1 ½ times.
- Don’t crowd the dates on your baking tray.
- Flip halfway through
How to Make Stuffed Dates:
- Use a small paring knife to open the pitted date (you’ll find a slit in the side of the date where the pit was removed).
- Stuff whole dates with an almond (or cheese as desired).
- Wrap date with a piece of bacon (the bacon slice should wrap around about 1 1/2 times).
- Place dates on a rimmed baking sheet and bake.
Tips for Making Ahead of Time:
- You can assemble the wrapped dates the morning of your gathering and wait to bake them until just before serving. Or, you can cook them and reheat them as directed below.
Can You Reheat Bacon Wrapped Dates?
- Yes! To reheat, arrange the stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet and bake at 375-degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Can Bacon Wrapped Dates Be Frozen?
- You can freeze them for up to 3 months. To do so, let them cool, then freeze in a large airtight container. I like to arrange them in a single layer, add a layer of parchment, and add any more in a single layer on top of them. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake as directed above.
Wine Pairings with Bacon Wrapped Dates:
- I chose a red Garnacha to pair with these bacon wrapped dates. Aromatic, lush, and fruit forward.
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More easy appetizers:
- Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe
- Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites
- Artichoke Queso Blanco
- Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
- Classic Potato Latkes Recipe
- Pan Con Tomate
Dates Wrapped in Bacon with Marcona Almonds
- 15 Medjool pitted dates
- 15 Marcona almonds
- 5-8 slices bacon (cut into halves or thirds, depending on size of dates)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Make an incision on one side of each date and insert an almond. Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure.
- Wrap each date with a bacon strip.
- Place all the dates on the prepared sheet tray, seam side down. Roast the dates in the oven until the bacon on top is starting to crisp – 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the dates over and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2021 to add new photographs and information.