Bacon Wrapped Dates: The genius holiday appetizer you didn’t know you needed (but do).

December 1, 2015

I’m always saying that recipes are easy. Easy this, easy that. But, people, this one is truly the easiest yet. Stuff a date, wrap it in bacon, and bake to get a sweet and salty, crispy-gooey bite that will make your holiday season.

Seriously, these are a request from many every holiday season. I’m not allowed not to make them—that’s how good they are.

Easy and amazingly delicious holiday appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Dates | One Hungry Mama

I love serving these at holiday gatherings, big or small. Or, they are easy enough to make as a surprise pre-dinner treat just for you and your immediate family. Can you guess if the kids will love this? I’m placing bets that they’ll be begging for more like my boys.

If BACON, EASY, DELICIOUS, and SWEET-SALTY isn’t enough, there’s more:You can make these ahead. Follow all the prep steps, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover in plastic wrap for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, pop them in the oven until crisp.

See? Are you dying yet?

How much of each ingredient you’ll need depends on how many you’d like to make. For a party, I estimate about 2-3 per person, depending, of course, on what else is being served. Seriously, though, these go fast and people eat a lot of them. Overestimate these and underestimate other foods if they’ll be part of a big spread.

Each date requires 1-2 almonds, depending on how big they are. I like using Marcona almonds because I’m fancy and, well, they give these a nice snap. In the end, though, any almonds will do. Each slice of bacon will wrap 4 dates.

You’ll want to bake these at 400 degrees, but the amount of time it will take for the bacon to crisp will vary greatly depending on how thick cut it is. Really thin supermarket bacon can take as few as 5-8 minutes, while thick-cut, artisanal bacon can take up to 18-20. Keep a watchful eye and look for signs of crispiness as you would while cooking plain bacon. And just like plain bacon, remember that it will crisp a bit more once out of the oven.

That’s it people. Cocktail food heaven. Enjoy. Xox

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9 Responses

  1. Tiffany says:

    I cannot wait to serve this for our family Christmas reunion!!!

  2. Heather says:

    Love these! One of my favorite appetizers. Instead of stuffing with nuts, we stuff with ricotta or goat cheese. Super yum!

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  4. Laura Lee Wierzbinski says:

    This recipe and the easy baked apples sound great, but you never give a temperature for the oven or how long to bake either of them. Why is that?

  5. One Hungry Mama says:

    Why? Because I made a mistake. Argh! 🙂 Post is fixed and check out my reply to Lisa for more info. Thanks!

  6. Aline says:

    Looks awesome! I´ll try to make it this weekend!

  7. Gisele says:

    I might give it a try next week and see how it goes.

  8. One Hungry Mama says:

    These are my favorite! I hope you like them, too. (And nice to “meet” you the other day 🙂

  9. very good. Thank you for sharing!

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