I’ve taken to calling these “Bacon Dates” in my head instead of the more accurate “Almond-Stuffed Dates with Bacon,” and here’s why: eating one of these is like being on a date with a piece of bacon with a sweet, sensitive personality.
Maybe that got a little weird right there. But I think you know what I mean. In this recipe — which is crazy easy, by the way — strong, salty, crunchy bacon envelopes a soft, caramelized date with a toasty almond center. It is like a flavor explosion in your mouth. I have been on actual dates that have had much less going on.
They are the perfect appetizer to share with friends during the upcoming holidays. Serve either fresh out of the oven or wrap in foil. They travel well, and no one can say no to something wrapped in bacon.
Well, a vegan might, but that just means more bacon for you.
- 20 medjool dates, whole and pitted
- 40 whole almonds, toasted if you prefer
- 10 slices of center-cut bacon, cut in half
- It’s simple: Take date. Insert two almonds, one on each end. Wrap stuffed date in bacon. Place on cooling rack that has been placed on top of a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Devour like your life depends on it.