Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates Recipe

Yields: About 20 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 20 whole raw almonds
  • 10 slices of thin-sliced bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • Optional: Goat cheese (for a sweet and savory twist)

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Wire rack (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Toothpicks
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil

Instructions

Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).

Prep the dates:

  • Using a small knife, create a slit down the length of each pitted date.
  • Gently stuff one almond into each date.
  • Optionally, if using goat cheese, stuff a small amount (about ½ teaspoon) of goat cheese along with the almond. Pinch the date to seal it.

Wrap with bacon: Cut each bacon slice in half crosswise. Take a date and wrap it with a half-slice of bacon, covering it as fully as possible. Secure the bacon in place with a toothpick.

Arrange for baking:

  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • If you have a wire rack, place it on top of the baking sheet – this allows for air circulation and crispier bacon on all sides.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped dates seam-side down on the baking sheet or wire rack.

Bake: Bake the dates in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and browned to your liking. If you want extra crispiness, you can flip the dates halfway through baking.

Cool and serve: Allow the dates to cool slightly on the baking sheet before serving. They are delicious both warm and at room temperature.

Tips:

  • Bacon choice: Choose thin-sliced bacon as it cooks more evenly and crisps up better.
  • Customize filling: Try different cheeses (blue cheese is fantastic) or even a sliver of chorizo inside for a spicy kick.
  • Serving idea: For a beautiful presentation, arrange on a platter with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Enjoy! These bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates are the perfect mix of salty, sweet, and savory.

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