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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  • yield: Makes 32

Ingredients

  • 32 pitted dates (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 ounces shelled, salted whole pistachios
  • 2 ounces dried apricots, cut into 32 strips
  • 1 pound lean best-quality bacon, thinly sliced and then halved crosswise

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stuff each date with 3 or 4 pistachios. Lay a stuffed date and apricot strip on top of each bacon slice; wrap to enclose. If not using immediately, freeze up to 1 month.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes, flipping each wrapped date after 8 minutes. If frozen, bake at 400 degrees.for 10 minutes; flip, and bake 10 minutes more. Transfer wrapped dates to paper towels to drain. Serve with toothpicks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2005

Reviews (9)

  • 27 Aug, 2013

    I am making this for Saturday (its now Tuesday)- can I make, now, freeze them? Are these to be served warm?

  • 9 Dec, 2012

    I made this for a Christmas party last night and it was AMAZING. I don't like dates, and even I liked these. Comments I got were 'to die for', and 'I couldn't stop eating them'. I found I couldn't fit more than 2 pistachios in each date, but they were still fantastic!

  • 4 Dec, 2012

    I've prepped the bacon dates for freezing in airtight containers with parchment paper between layers. What I'm not sure about is, when I take them out of the freezer, do they go straight into the oven or do I have to thaw them first in the refrigerator?

  • 7 Dec, 2011

    Noticed that DSchoolfield added apricot white stilton - is this in place of the apricot? Sorry a little confused.

  • 28 Nov, 2010

    I just did a trial of 3 and FANTASTIC! I am getting these ready and in the freezer for all my holiday guests. And for sure on NYEve!

  • 2 Jan, 2009

    I served these at a New Year's Eve party - huge hit!!! These were pretty easy and quick to put together - took me about 45 minutes to get them prepped. Changes: instead of using regular stilton, I stuffed the dates with an apricot white stilton. Also, I baked in the oven for closer to 35 minutes, in order to get the bacon crispy. Instead of the parchment paper as the recipe calls for, I recommend lining your pan with foil, as the bacon grease creates a big mess.

  • 30 Dec, 2008

    I served these at a "regifting" party on Saturday night and they were an absolute hit! Assembling them is a little time consuming, but the results are worth it. The sweet, savory, and salty qualities of this appetizer are very good. Will serve again.

  • 10 May, 2008

    These bacon-wrapped dates are a fun and funky snack for any occasion.

  • 1 Mar, 2008

    SO GOOD, GOES WELL WITH "DATE SHAKES". OUR TRIP TO INDIO CALIF. AND THE DATE FARM BEING SERVED DATE SHAKES, REALLY SPOILED US.