Wrapping fruits and vegetables in bacon has been a technique for 50 years or more. Remember Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – better known as Rumaki? These tangy little treats were served at many parties when I was a kid and if they don’t say, “1970’s” I don’t know what does!
For a nice twist, chewy dates are a refreshing change to an old school favorite and stuffing a Marcona Almond inside offers a nutty surprise inside the naturally sweet fruit. These Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a nice appetizer to serve with cocktails on the weekend, or as a spectacular small-plate for a Spanish Tapas dinner party.
So, if you are looking for a fun throw-back appetizer that is super easy to prepare – these dates are just the thing. Yum!
10 Medjool dates, or other variety
10 Marcona almonds or blanched almonds
5 slices bacon
10 toothpicks or small skewers
(Makes 10 Dates)
1. Preheat the oven to broil and place the rack 10-inches from heating element. With a sharp knife, make a slit on top of one side of date and remove seed. Stuff date with 2 almonds.
2. Slice each piece of bacon in half and wrap around date. Place seam side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cook under broiler for 3-4 minutes, gently flip each date over and cook other side for 2 minutes, or until bacon is golden brown. Don’t worry if the date ends get a little dark, they are crunchy and delicious that way!
3. Place Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates on a serving dish and insert skewers. Serve immediately, enjoy!