Bacon-wrapped dates are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and will be the hottest appetizer at your next party. Sweet tender dates wrapped in bacon and drizzled with honey and you won’t believe how amazing these are!
I like an easy appetizer that is simple to prepare and tastes incredible. These bacon wrapped dates are my favorite appetizer because the flavors are so unique. Any appetizer with bacon in it is always a hit! Try the most delicious 5 minute dip, classic bacon jalapeño poppers or these bacon pinwheels.
What Are Bacon Wrapped Dates?
The combination of bacon and dates may raise some eyebrows, but I’m telling you this is a MUST try recipe. Crispy salty bacon on the outside with a soft plump date on the inside. They are creative, unexpected and the flavors are out of this world. One bite and you’re sold!
I love the flavor combinations of sweet and savory! The sweetness added to a savory dish is so delicious because it adds so much depth! You must try these amazing pork chops as they have a sweet apple bacon sauce. I also love these Brussels sprouts because of the added maple syrup. Or try this Maple Roasted Veggies recipe, it’s SO good!
Ingredients for the BEST Appetizer
You need very few ingredients for this easy appetizer. The ingredients required for these bacon-wrapped dates are simple and you probably have most of them on hand. Follow the recipe card for exact measurements and quantities.
- Medjool Dates: Make sure the dates are pitted for easy assembly. If you can’t find the wick, make sure to remove the wick before mounting.
- Bacon: Bacon makes everything better! Be sure to cut the bacon into thirds before wrapping each date.
- Sweetheart: Honey is a delicious added sweetness on top of bacon! Feel free to use maple syrup if you prefer.
- kosher salt: Garnish with salt while the dates come out of the oven. The extra salt helps balance out the sweet and gives the dates plenty of depth and flavor.
- Parsley: Freshly chopped parsley is a nice garnish.
Recipe with bacon wrapped dates
Assembling these bacon-wrapped dates is easy and FUN! My kids love helping me make them. Make sure to secure each one with a toothpick so the bacon doesn’t fall apart while cooking. It keeps it all nice and safe! Once they’ve cooled, you can remove the toothpicks to serve if you’d like.
- Preheat the oven/prepare the pan: Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a baking rack.
- Remove pips if necessary: If you can’t find any already pitted dates, cut through the dates and remove any pits that are there.
- Wrap Date With Bacon: Wrap a pre-cut slice of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
- Place on pan: Place the wrapped date on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet.
- Bake/Turn: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crispy. If you want to make sure that all parts of the bacon are crispy, turn over halfway through the baking time.
- Drizzle Honey / Sprinkle Salt: Once cooked, immediately drizzle with additional honey and sprinkle with coarse salt to taste.
- Cool/garnish/serve: Allow to cool slightly and serve with fresh parsley and fresh thyme leaves.
Hints and variations
Bacon wrapped dates are simple but bursting with flavor! They are great as is, but there are many different ways to adapt this recipe. Follow my tips and variation ideas to get the most out of this crowd-pleasing entree.
- Avoid big dates: Smaller dates are best for this appetizer. The smaller ones are the perfect ratio of size and sweetness for the bacon. Trust me with this!
- Packing tips: Be sure to slice your bacon so you don’t wrap it more than twice around the date. My bacon wraps around the dates 1.5 times. If the bacon is too thick, it won’t cook all the way through or get crispy.
- Add cheese: Creamy cheese in the date is incredible! Try filling the date with cream cheese, blue cheese, or goat cheese. Just cut a slit halfway through the date, but not all the way through. Fill the date with any cheese you like, wrap it tightly with bacon and follow the remaining instructions on the recipe card.
- Use Pancetta or Proscutitto: Try replacing the bacon with prosciutto or pancetta. Remember that the thinner the wrapper, the faster the cooking time will be.
- Add nuts: Stuffed dates in bacon are delicious with cheese, but you should definitely try nuts! It is common to see nuts stuffed into the dates. Add a whole almond or half a pecan for a little added crunch.
Save leftover dates
These bacon-wrapped dates are simple and easy to make ahead of time! I love that I can prep this appetizer the day before and bake it right before the guests arrive! Follow these steps for preserving and making ahead of time!
- In the fridge: Store leftover bacon-wrapped dates in the refrigerator and reheat for later use. Store in an airtight container.
- In the freezer: Bacon-wrapped dates can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen overnight. Freeze on a baking sheet and place in a freezer bag for up to 1 month.
- Heat up: Place chilled dates on a baking sheet, then bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes. Bake until the dates are heated through and the bacon is crispy on the outside.
Preheat the oven to 350° Farhenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a wire rack.
If you can’t find any already pitted dates, cut through the dates and remove any pits that are there.
Wrap a pre-cut slice of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
Place the wrapped date on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crispy. If you want to make sure that all parts of the bacon are crispy, turn over halfway through the baking time.
When they’re ready, immediately drizzle with extra honey if you’d like, and sprinkle with coarse salt to taste.
Let the dates cool down a bit and serve with fresh chopped parsley!
Portion1dateCalories128kcal (6%)Carbohydrates19g (6%)Egg white2g (4%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated fat2g (10%)Polyunsaturated fat1gMonounsaturated fat2gTrans fat0.02gcholesterol9mg (3%)Sodium92mg (4%)Potassium177mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar17g (19%)Vitamin A37IU (1%)Vitamin C0.02mgCalcium15mg (2%)Iron0.3mg (2%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.