Paleo bacon wrapped dates are an easy appetizer with a delightful combination of textures and flavors – sweet and savory, crispy and gooey.
These paleo bacon-wrapped dates are amazing. They are warm and gooey, sweet-and-salty… sometimes I think they are TOO good!
I discovered this recipe at Tango restaurant in Seattle. The warm tapas menu included a dish of “Cheap Dates” – Medjool dates wrapped in bacon. We ordered it and were delighted by the combination of textures and flavors – sweet and savory, crispy and gooey.
To recreate the dish at home while keeping nutrition in check, I decided to use smaller dates and to cut each bacon slice into thirds before wrapping the dates.
Although regular dates are not as wonderful as Medjool dates, the result is still amazingly delicious and decadent. My only complaint is, it’s so good, it’s difficult not to overindulge! So I normally only make them when we host, to ensure there are plenty of people in the house to help me eat them. 🙂
Can you reheat bacon-wrapped dates?
Yes! They make a truly easy appetizer. They only require two ingredients, and the oven basically does all the work for you! You can make them a day ahead, refrigerate, and heat them up in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes when you want to serve them. I never tried freezing them, though.
Is this a healthy recipe?
I’ll go ahead and admit it. These paleo bacon wrapped dates are not one of my healthiest recipes. The dates are high in carbs, and the bacon is not ideal (although I belong to those who believe that fears surrounding processed meat are likely exaggerated).
So this is not a recipe that I would make on a daily basis. I make it once in a while, especially when we host, and indulge in one or two.
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Paleo Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 24 pitted dates (about 6 oz total weight)
- 8 (1 oz) thin bacon slices, each cut crosswise into three equal parts
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wrap the dates with the bacon pieces.
- Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Bake until bacon is crisp, 8-10 minutes on each side.
- Transfer to paper towels to drain before serving.
- If necessary, use toothpicks to help the bacon adhere to the dates.