Today I’m talking about bacon-wrapped dates because the holidays are among us and it’s time to bring out all of the warm and savory apps. Can I get a YUM?!
My mom has been making these salty, sweet bites for years now and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them over the years at our fall/winter gatherings. My husband has my mom to thank for introducing him to this favorite appetizer of his. He gobbles these things up like candy which is surprising because it’s not like they’re dipped in chocolate (have I mentioned he’s a chocoholic?).
Speaking of my husband and bacon-wrapped dates, you should have seen his face when he found out they were served during cocktail hour at his brother’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. Homeboy was too busy chatting away with guests to even notice his sweet little dates were being passed around. Shameful.
There’s a reason you can find bacon-wrapped dates at weddings, parties and other occasions – they get the party started. WARNING: Bacon-wrapped dates set a high expectation for the rest of the meal, so if you are serving them, make sure you have other food that’s at least up to par.
I top mine with brown sugar because it adds a caramelization to the bacon and helps it crisp up really nicely. Nobody wants a chewy, fatty bacon-wrapped date. Super easy, and ready with a few simple steps, what more could you ask for in an app? I’m just saying, these babies are perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings.
If you end up making these bacon-wrapped dates, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats!
Makes 10 bacon-wrapped dates
- 5 slices of bacon, cut in half across (making 10 slices total)
- 10 pitted dates
- 2-3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- Parchment paper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet with edges.
To wrap the dates in the bacon, take a slice of bacon and place a date at one end, rolling the date until it’s completely wrapped. Stick a toothpick all the way through the roll and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining strips of bacon. Top each roll with a generous sprinkle of light brown sugar, pressing it down into the bacon with your fingers.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook the bacon-wrapped dates for 20-25 minutes, then flip them and cook for an addition 5-10 minutes, until crisp. Let the dates cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.