Bacon Wrapped Dates – an easy 2 ingredient appetizer or snack. The perfect combination of salty and sweet. Paleo, gluten free, Whole30.
You are looking at my Valentine’s Day present.
Shawn and I aren’t really in to gifts. Instead, we gift each other date nights out, or day trips around California, or vacations. To us, memories are much more important than things. This year, we decided to skip gifts and instead spend Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend away in Murphy’s, CA which is the cutest little wine town in gold country.
But Thursday after work, I came home to a sparkling clean house, with a glass of wine waiting for me and this plate of bacon wrapped dates. As we enjoyed a little after work drink and appetizer, he told me that he had filmed AND photographed this recipe for me so I could put it on the blog, and not have to worry about shooting a blog recipe this weekend and just enjoy our time away. Best Valentine’s Day present I could ever get.
I sure do like him.
I like to microwave the bacon for 1 minute, just to get the cooking time sped up. That 1 minute of cooking also leaves you with much crispier bacon in the end.
These bacon wrapped dates taste best served within an hour of cooking them. My favorite is when they’re still warm from the oven, just about 10 minutes after baking. I wouldn’t recommend making these far in advance, they don’t keep very well.
Follow Shawn’s lead and surprise your sweety with an afterwork bacon wrapped date date, which is the best kind of date of all.
- 5 slices of bacon (preferably not thick cut)
- 15 pitted dates
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay the bacon on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 1 minute. Cut the slices of bacon into 3 pieces. Wrap a piece of the bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick. Lay the bacon wrapped dates on the parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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