Bacon wrapped dates are the perfect simple appetizer and require only 4 ingredients! Pitted medjool dates, marcona almonds, blue cheese, and bacon are all you need to make this sweet, salty, crunchy snack that disappears in actual minutes!
What you’ll need
This meal was the culmination of scouring my pantry for something delicious that wasn’t a lunch sandwich. When I saw the pitted medjool dates and marcona almonds, I knew it was fate!
- pitted dates
- marcona almonds (pictured below are truffle marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s, but you can substitute plain or any other type of nut you have on hand that isn’t too large!)
- blue cheese (cheese substitutions listed below!)
- bacon or prosciutto
That’s it! Four ingredients!!
Assembling back wrapped dates
Use a paring knife to split the dates in half lengthwise. Open up like a book, then stuff with about 1 tsp of blue cheese and 1 marcona almond. Press back together to close.
Meanwhile, take strips of uncooked bacon and slice them into thirds. Take 1 stuffed date, place it at the end of a piece of bacon, then wrap until fully enclosed. Secure by placing a toothpick through the bacon and date.
Types of cheese
I used blue cheese because that’s what I had on hand in my refrigerator, but the following would be delicious as well.
- goat cheese
- cream cheese
- gorgonzola or gorgonzola dolce
Alternatively, you could fill with chorizo for a smokier flavor!
Preheat oven to 350F, then place secured bacon wrapped dates on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake, turning the dates over carefully every 5-6 minutes, until bacon is crispy on all sides, about 25-35 minutes.
What effects cook time?
There’s a 10 minute range on cook time because I don’t know whether you’re using regular sliced bacon or thick cut bacon (makes a difference!). Also, dates come in various sizes. Smaller dates and thinner slices of bacon could be done in 25 minutes, while thicker cut bacon and larger dates might take closer to 35 minutes.
Make ahead friendly!
Okay, best part about this recipe? It’s totally easy to make ahead! You can assemble everything right up until you bake, then either place in a refrigerator (if cooking same day) or place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze. To cook from freezer, add expect to add about 5 minuted to your overall cook time.
Honestly, this recipe could not be simpler to make! It can be prepped in 5 minutes, and eaten just as quickly. Shout out your favorite filling for stuffed dates below!
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For more simple appetizers, check out the following recipes:
Phyllo-wrapped feta appetizer with truffle honey
Everything crackers made from store-bought phyllo
Baked brie phyllo cups (holiday appetizer!)
EASY tomato confit with garlic and shallots
Spiced cocktail nuts (holiday!)
And if you’ve got leftover dates, highly recommend you make yourself this easy sticky toffee pudding — one of my all time fav desserts ever!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 24 medjool dates pitted
- 4 oz blue cheese
- 24 marcona almonds (truffle flavored from Trader Joe's used here)
- ½ lb uncooked bacon
- Preheat oven to 350F. Slice dates in half lengthwise and open like a book. Stuff each with 1 tsp blue cheese and 1 marcona almond, then close as best you can.
- Cut each uncooked slice of bacon into thirds. Take one stuffed date and place it at the end of a cut piece of bacon, then wrap until fully sealed. Secure the date closed with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining dates. At this point, dates can be cooked immediately or placed in an airtight freezer-safe container and frozen. If cooking from frozen, expect to add 5 minutes to cook time below.
- Place bacon wrapped dates on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, then cook for 25-35 minutes, carefully turning each date over every 5-6 minutes. Dates are finished when bacon is crispy on all sides. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.