Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon wrapped dates are an amazing alternative dessert or sinful appetizer that everyone should try! Rich crispy bacon surrounds warm gooey dates that perfectly captures the combination of sweet and salty. Just remember to make more than you plan on eating because these tasty treats will disappear in a blink of an eye ;)
10-15 strips of nitrate free all natural bacon
20-30 pitted dates
20-30 toothpicks

1.) Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut strips of bacon in half.
2.) Wrap one half piece of bacon around one date and secure with a toothpick. Place on baking sheet.
3.) Continue wrapping bacon around remaining dates, secure with a toothpick, and place on baking sheet.
4.) Place baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Turn or flip dates and continue baking 10 more minutes or until desired crispness is achieved. Be careful not to burn bacon. Remove from baking sheet and serve!

*Black forest bacon works well in this recipes along with Applewood smoked bacon. You can also try stuffing the dates with a pecan or cranberry before wrapping with bacon. Have fun experimenting with this great appetizer.

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