Bacon Wrapped Dates (download printable PDF)
The Victorians would have served this quick and easy appetizer unstuffed on triangles of toast as a savory at the end of the meal.
Thin sliced bacon
( one piece of bacon for every two dates)
Optional fillers: almonds, goat cheese, blue cheese, jalapeño peppers
Knife and cutting board
Skillet or microwave-safe dish
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place paper towels on a plate. Slice each date lengthwise, and remove the pit. If using a filler, place inside the date. Cut each piece of bacon in half. In a skillet over medium heat, or in microwave-safe dish, cook the bacon until it is soft and pliable, about 2-3 minutes in a microwave oven. Transfer the bacon to the paper towel covered plate to drain off the grease. When the bacon has cooled enough to handle, wrap it around a date and secure it with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped dates on the baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool.
WARNING: It is very tempting to eat the dates when they are hot out of the oven, but they are molten hot. Let them cool off and serve them warm.