Bacon wrapped dates are an indulgence if I ever saw one. But it’s a Paleo appetizer which makes it A-okay to me! I’m kind of thinking that bacon does not really belong on a “healthy” food blog, but I like it so much with dates, I have to tell the world!
Here’s my story about bacon: I was not a huge fan of bacon. It’s too salty, way too greasy and just not good for you. I’ll usually eat it on occasion… For example, I learned it really makes a difference in a delicious split pea soup if you put a few slices of bacon in or not. But that was about the extent of it for me. Anyway, here I am, a bacon-hater and then comes last year’s company holiday party. All of the employees at my company were given the opportunity to get together in the huge convention center kitchen and cook our own holiday dinner! (SO fun)
My team made the stuffed mushrooms but the team next to us made these interesting bacon wrapped dates (the last time I had dates was back in grade school where they gave the students cups of dates and peanuts for “energy food” during state exams- I thought they were gross). I tried one (because I’m always willing to try new things) and was then hooked for life. I now see why everyone likes bacon so much, especially when it’s mixed with something sweet.
I’ve made these bacon wrapped dates a few times since then and I’ve also explored other ways of eating bacon (I’ve just made a few of my friends proud, I’m sure). The boyfriend LOVES them too. I don’t advise to go around eating these bacon wrapped dates everyday, oh no, but if you make them for a party or event, you can watch them disappear before your eyes!
These make a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or just as a part of a fancy brunch.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
- Dried dates
- Cream cheese (the herb-flavored kind or just plain)
- Remove the seeds from the dried dates by slicing them on one side while leaving the date in tact. Pull the seed out and discard.
- Take a small spoon and stuff the now seedless date with a little bit of cream cheese (I made these with and without cheese before- both ways are delicious).
- Cut each slice of bacon so each is long enough to wrap around a date once with a little bit of overlap. With a typical size slice of bacon, I cut it into 3 pieces.
- Wrap all of the stuffed dates and lay them out on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
- Broil for about 10 minutes, or until the bacon looks visibly crispy.
Enjoy the taste explosion!