Bacon-wrapped dates are a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party or a casual get-together, these savory-sweet morsels are guaranteed to impress. Their versatility and simplicity make them an ideal appetizer for any occasion.

bacon wrapped dates


To make the perfect bacon-wrapped dates, you’ll need:

  • High-quality dates: Medjool dates are highly recommended for their natural sweetness and plump texture.
  • Bacon: Opt for thin slices of bacon to ensure they cook evenly and wrap around the dates perfectly.
  • Filling (optional): Enhance the flavor by stuffing the dates with cheese (goat cheese or blue cheese) or nuts (almonds or pecans).

Preparing the Dates

  1. Pit the dates: Make a small slit lengthwise down each date and remove the pit. Be gentle to keep the dates intact.
  2. Stuff the dates: If you’re adding a filling, use a small spoon or your fingers to stuff each date with cheese or nuts.

Wrapping the Dates

  1. Wrap with bacon: Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon, ensuring it overlaps slightly to secure the date.
  2. Secure with a toothpick: Pierce through the middle of the bacon-wrapped date with a toothpick to keep the bacon in place and make it easier to handle.

Baking or Grilling

Baking Method

  1. Preheat the oven: Set your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the baking sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. Bake the dates: Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the baking sheet, making sure they are not touching. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through, until the bacon is crispy and golden brown.

Grilling Method

  1. Preheat the grill: Set your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare the grill: Oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
  3. Grill the dates: Place the bacon-wrapped dates on the grill. Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the bacon is evenly cooked and crispy.

Serving Suggestions

  • Dipping sauces: Serve with a side of balsamic reduction or honey mustard for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Garnishes: Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or rosemary for a pop of color and freshness.

Tips and Variations

  • Enhanced flavor: Brush the bacon with maple syrup or a sprinkle of brown sugar before cooking to add a caramelized sweetness.
  • Dietary adaptations: Use turkey bacon or plant-based bacon alternatives for a healthier or vegetarian option.
  • Spice it up: Add a small slice of jalapeño inside the date with the filling for a spicy kick.


Bacon-wrapped dates are a simple yet elegant appetizer that everyone will love. They combine the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, making them a standout dish at any event. We encourage you to try this recipe and share your experience with us. Happy cooking!

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