Bacon Wrapped Dates are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that is sure to please a crowd. The bacon's saltiness and the date's sweetness are a great flavor combination that explodes in your mouth. The hot honey is optional but I would try it because it adds a nice kick to this addictive appetizer.
The first time I ate bacon-wrapped dates was in a Portland restaurant many years ago. I could not believe the combination of bacon and dates could taste so good. I fell in love with these tasty little appetizers as soon as I bit into them. The combination of salty bacon and sweet chewy dates was out of this world.
The very next day, I decided to make them at home. I went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients for bacon and dates. Fortunately, I had wooden toothpicks at home, so I did not have to buy them.
I like brushing hot honey on the bacon after they are baked to give them an added kick. If you are not a fan, you can easily leave it off.
The trickiest part was determining the best temperature to bake these bites of joy, so the bacon was cooked through. I found that an oven temperature of 425°F was too hot but that 350°F was not hot enough. For me, they cooked perfectly at 375°F.
After baking them, be sure to let them cool for a few minutes before you serve them. It is best to eat these warm or a room temperature. However, if there are leftovers, and usually there aren't any, you can find me eating them cold right from the refrigerator. They are still good, but your guests will prefer them warm.
Bacon-wrapped dates with hot honey are a simple yet impressive appetizer perfect for any occasion. Whether you're hosting a party or just looking for a tasty snack, this sweet and savory treat will surely be a hit. So why not try them and see for yourself how delicious bacon-wrapped dates can be?
Easy List of Ingredients
You'll need just a few simple ingredients to make bacon-wrapped dates with hot honey.
- Medjool dates-it is essential to use this type of date for this recipe because they are a perfect size. Medjool dates are usually found in the produce section of your grocery store. If you need a large quantity of them, Costco carries them in a two-pound box.
- Bacon-I recommend using uncured applewood smoked bacon. It adds a nice flavor to the appetizer. However, any bacon will work.
- Honey-Use your favorite honey.
- Siracha Hot Chili Sauce-I like to use Huy Fung foods Siracha Hot Chili Sauce. You can find this on the ethnic aisle of your local grocery store. If not, you can also purchase it here from Amazon.
What are Medjool Dates?
Medjool dates are a type of date fruit that are native to Morocco. They are one of the largest and most popular dates, known for their sweet, caramel-like flavor and chewy texture.
Medjool dates are fiber-rich and nutrient-rich, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium. They are also a good source of natural sugars, making them a popular snack for those seeking a healthy and natural energy boost. However, they are still high in calories, so beware of this before eating too many.
When purchasing Medjool dates, look for plump, moist dates with intact skins. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks or in the refrigerator for up to six months.
How to make this recipe
Remove the pit by slicing the dates vertically on one side with a pairing knife.
Open the date and remove the pit from the date.
Remove the pits from all of the dates.
Cut the bacon in half crosswise.
Wrap the stuffed dates with one strip of bacon.
Fold the other half over to wrap the bacon around the date.
Insert a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.
Place dates on a baking sheet that is sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 350 °F for 10 minutes Using tongs, turn the dates over and bake them for an additional 10 minutes or until the bacon is brown and crisp.
While the bacon is cooking, make the hot honey by combining the siracha hot sauce and the honey.
When the bacon is cooked, (bacon should be crisp), brush the bacon with the hot honey. Cool slightly before serving.
Indulge in the perfect blend of sweet and savory with these mouthwatering bacon-wrapped dates! 🥓🍴😋
Yes, these appetizers are the perfect make-ahead appetizer. Assemble the bacon-wrapped dates and refrigerate them. When you are ready to cook, place the bacon-wrapped dates on a prepared pan and bake according to the directions in the recipe.
Yes, I love to eat the leftovers straight out of the refrigerator.
Absolutely! Another option if you don't like the heat, leave the siracha out and drizzle the dates with honey.
Assemble the bacon-wrapped dates and place them in an airtight container. Freezer them for up to 1 month. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then bake them.
How to Serve
The dates are delicious when they are served warm, but they can also be eaten at room temperature.
They should not be kept at room temperature longer than 3 hours.
What to Serve with the Dates?
These addicting morsels are delicious on their own or served with a few other appetizers such as this Easy Pesto Torte, a charcuterie board, and a vegetable tray.
Add your choice of beverage. However, a flute of prosecco or a sparkling mocktail are the perfect pairing with this appetizer.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Reheat in a microwave or oven until they are warmed through.
Customize your Bacon-Wrapped Dates
While the classic bacon-wrapped date with hot honey is delicious on its own, you can also mix things up by adding some extra ingredients. Here are a few ideas:
- Cheese- Stuff a small piece of blue cheese or a teaspoonful of goat cheese into the date before wrapping it in bacon. The tangy flavor of the cheese pairs perfectly with the sweet dates and salty bacon.
- Nuts- Insert a pecan half or whole almond into the date before wrapping it in bacon for some added crunch.
- Spices- Sprinkle some smoked paprika, cumin, or chili powder on top of the bacon before baking to add some extra flavor.
- Proscuitto-another great option is to wrap the dates with prosciutto. Be sure to reduce the cooking time because the prosciutto cooks quickly.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that is sure to please a crowd. The bacon's saltiness and the dates' sweetness are a great flavor combination that explodes in your mouth. The hot honey is optional, but I would try it because it adds a nice kick to the bacon and dates.
- 8 slices bacon, preferably thin slice
- 16 medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Siracha hot chili sauce
- Toward the end of the bake time, check the dates frequently so they do not overcook and burn.
- Serving Size: 2 bacon wrapped dates
- Calories: 129
- Sugar: 17.2 g
- Sodium: 93 mg
- Fat: 5.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 19.3 g
- Protein: 2.2 g
- Cholesterol: 9.2 mg
Keywords: Bacon wrapped dates with hot honey glaze, bacon, dates, appetizer
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