Wrap big, soft, luscious Medjool dates in bacon, then fry until crisp. Find Medjools at Middle Eastern and gourmet grocery stores.
6 pieces thin-sliced bacon
18 pitted Medjool dates
How to Make It
Cut bacon slices crosswise into about 4-inch lengths. Wrap a piece snugly around each date, overlapping ends.
Set dates, seam sides down, in a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat (you may have to fry dates in batches). Turn dates occasionally until bacon is browned and crisp on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer dates to paper towels to drain; blot dry. Serve warm or cool.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per date.
You can make these dates up to 6 hours ahead; let cool, then cover and store at room temperature.
Tried this because prep seemed easy enough.But, the recipe should emphasize strongly that a non-stick frying pan is required. I wasted $5 worth of dates creating a bacon-date mess, with burned highlights. Dates make the bacon stick to the pan.
Great for an appetizer party! I have made this same recipe many times without the cream cheese (because I cannot eat cheese) and it has also received rave reviews. One tip, don't try it in the microwave. The dates get too hot and split open before the bacon is done.
The only reason why I would rate this recipe low is because they forgot a key ingredient...Cream Cheese. The cream cheese adds a sour complexity to compliment the sweet and salty. I have made this appetizer dozens and dozens of times to rave reviews. Be sure to make plenty as left-overs are unheard of!
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