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.
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:
- 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.
🛒 Ingredients Needed
- Medjool Dates – These are often found in the produce section in plastic packages, or in the bulk foods section.
- Marcona Almonds – These are most often found in the grocery store near the gourmet cheese section. However, you can also use standard almonds in this recipe.
- Bacon – Thin cut bacon is best for this recipe. More on that below.
📋 How to Make Them
- 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 the dates with a whole almond (or cheese as desired).
- Wrap date with a piece of bacon (the bacon slice should wrap around about 1 1/2 times).
- Place seam side down on a sheet pan and bake.
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
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 you use thick cut bacon, you may just need to add a couple minutes to the cook time.
ℹ️ Recipe FAQs
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.
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.
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.
🕕 Tips for Making Ahead of Time
- You can assemble the wrapped dates the morning of your gathering. Store them in the refrigerator and wait to bake them until just before serving. Or, you can cook them and reheat them as directed below.
Can You Reheat Them?
- Yes! To reheat, arrange the stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet and bake at 375-degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Can They 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
- I chose a red Garnacha to pair with these bacon wrapped dates. Aromatic, lush, and fruit forward.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
- 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 2022 to add new information.
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