Irresistible Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe + VIDEO

Side view of bowl of cooked bacon wrapped dates.

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a quick and easy appetizer that’s a definite crowd pleaser. 

Bacon is always a hit, whether it’s 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! 

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. This recipe works just the same if you’d like to swap out the almonds for cheese: 

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. 

Dates on brown paper bag next to bowl of almonds.

FAQ: 

What is the Difference Between Medjool Dates and Regular Dates? 

  • Medjool dates are larger, lighter in color, softer and sweeter than regular 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: 

  • Simply 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. 

Overhead shot of bacon wrapped dates in bowl.

How to Get Crispy Bacon: 

  • Use thin cut 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 sheet
  • Flip halfway through

How to Make Stuffed Dates: 

  • Use a paring knife to open the date (you’ll find a slit where the pit was removed). 
  • Stuff date with an almond (or cheese as desired). 
  • Wrap date with bacon (it should wrap around about 1 1/2 times). 
  • 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 tupperware. 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. 

Overhead shot of bacon wrapped dates in bowl.

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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Classic Appetizers:

Cooked bacon wrapped dates in white serving bowl next to small bowl of almonds.

Dates Wrapped in Bacon with Marcona Almonds

Bacon Wrapped Dates make a quick and easy appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 15 bites

Ingredients

  • 15 Medjool pitted dates
  • 15 Marcona almonds
  • 5-8 slices bacon (cut into halves or thirds, depending on size of dates)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
    Baking tray lined with parchment
  • Make an incision on one side of each date and insert an almond. Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure.
    Date stuffed with almond
  • Wrap each date with a bacon strip.
    Date wrapped in bacon before baking
  • 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!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.2g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 6.4mg | Sodium: 64.4mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 21g

This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2020 to add new photographs and information. 

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds - A Perfect Party Appetizer | platingsandpairings.com

8 comments

  1. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    I made bacon-wrapped dates with almonds last fall for the holidays and they were gobbled up so fast I hardly had time to put the platter down. I will have to remember that lime garnish though – I like the idea for both the color and the extra flavor component. Thanks for the information on Garnacha wines as well

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’ll bet they went fast Renée! These bacon-wrapped dates would make a great holiday appetizer! Served with plenty of Garnacha, of course 😉

      Reply

  2. Aubrie LeGault

    This is always one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant (like TastynSons) and I always think- hey, I could probably make these at home. I never do. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You are SO welcome Aubrie. Tasty N Sons makes an excellent version! Love that place!

      Reply

  3. Raz

    That is really looks good. I’m going to try your recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Raz! These guys make a great appetizer. Plus I love that you can make a tapas style dinner menu around them.

      Reply

  4. shirley

    5 stars
    Can you make these ahead ready to cook? If so, how far ahead. Thanks, Shirley

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Shirley – I think that would work, though I haven’t tried it myself. I would say that you should be able to make them a couple days ahead of time, as long as you wrap them up well.

      Reply

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