In lieu of flowers and heart shaped candies with stuffed teddy bears for Valentine’s day, it’s time we propose a different option. A new sparkle and sizzle. Something that will make your eyes roll into the back of your head.
Yes, Bacon wrapped dates. The only sexy-sweet-and-salty treat that any woman and man would want. Well, at least I do. This year I specifically asked for nothing more than a card and bacon to make this delicious appetizer. I made these for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday a few weeks ago. I remember my husband being reluctant to try bacon wrapped dates, but once he took that first bite, he never doubted again. I made these for my in-laws this past weekend and it was a big hit. But then again, it’s bacon. Isn’t it always a hit?!
Without further ado, here is the simplest appetizer one could make for a loved one to show much they truly care this Valentine’s day.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
6 Thick center cut bacon, halved (if the pieces are long)
12 Pitted dates
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place date at the top of bacon slice and roll until the date is wrapped at least twice around. Secure with toothpicks if desired.
3. Stand the bacon wrapped dates up. Bake for 15 minutes and flip them on their other side and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until crisp.
4. Let cool for about 5 minutes and serve.