Paleo bacon wrapped dates are an easy appetizer with a delightful combination of textures and flavors – sweet and savory, crispy and gooey.
These dates are amazing. They are warm and gooey, sweet-and-salty… sometimes I think they are TOO good!
Plus, they make a truly easy appetizer. They only require two ingredients, and the oven basically does all the work for you. Who doesn’t love an easy appetizer?
A tasty restaurant appetizer
I discovered this wonderful recipe at Tango restaurant in Seattle. The warm tapas menu included a dish cleverly named “Cheap Dates.”
This was the simplest yet most delicious appetizer. It consisted of big, sweet Medjool dates, that were wrapped in bacon, then baked. I’m pretty sure the restaurant also browned them in a skillet before baking.
We ordered the appetizer and were delighted by the amazing combination of textures and flavors – sweet and savory, crispy and gooey.
Making it a bit healthier at home
To recreate the dish at home while keeping nutrition in check, I decided to use smaller dates and to cut each bacon strip into thirds.
Although regular dates are not as wonderfully succulent 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. 🙂
The ingredients needed for this recipe
You’ll only need two ingredients to make this tasty appetizer:
- Pitted dates
- Thin bacon slices, each cut into thirds
How to make bacon-wrapped dates
It’s so easy! Here are your basic steps. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Start by wrapping a third of a thin bacon strip around each of the dates.
- Place them in a lightly greased rimmed baking dish or on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Make sure it’s rimmed so that it catches any bacon drippings.
- Bake at 450°F until the bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes per side.
Can you reheat them?
Yes! 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.
Are bacon-wrapped dates healthy?
I’ll go ahead and admit it. This is 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 at least somewhat exaggerated).
Either way, 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 of them.
More tasty party snacks
Here’s another date-based appetizer that I really like: stuffed dates. They are AMAZING. Proscuitto-wrapped asparagus is a classic – it’s elegant and so very tasty. And these cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers are wonderful too, and they are low carb!
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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.