Back in September I attended a social gathering and met some really amazing women. I was asked if I would be opened to hosting a gathering at my house to watch the bachelor and of course I said yes. When Monday came and I realized it was time for the show, I also realized I needed a great appetizer to go with the show and knew exactly what to make.
This recipe for dates wrapped in bacon was introduced to me by my friend Susan, she and I taught some cooking classes back in October and she made this dish as an appetizer and I was sold! If you are on a budget, stuff the dates with walnuts, if you can splurge a little use pecans and if you want to go all out try blue cheese. For my party I used pecans because I already had them in my house and I didn’t want to go out and buy walnuts.
You are going to start with dates, that are pitted which leaves a hole in the date, then you insert your filling, for this recipe I used pecans
then you wrap the date in a small piece of bacon, I cut my bacon into 4th’s and you sprinkle some brown sugar on top
you then put them on a baking sheet, lined with foil and I ended up placing the dates on a rack
bake for 20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through and remove from the oven
if you don’t put the dates wrapped in bacon on a rack, they will cook in the oil and be super greasy as you can see from my first go around and even though I over cooked them, they were still amazing!
here they are on a plate, these are the bacon wrapped dates from the rack
Everyone loved this appetizer, let’s face it, who wouldn’t…you get the sweetness from the dates, a secret surprise middle and the salty bacon on the exterior…hello yummy!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum