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Sweet & savory Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with cream cheese and an almond make an easy appetizer for holiday parties. These little treats will melt in your mouth!
‘Tis the season for all of the parties and finger foods! Whether you choose a fancier appetizer such as cheddar gougeres or a savory bite the kids will love like pepperoni rollups, we’ve got your back with unique appetizers to serve for your guests.
This is one of my husband’s dream appetizers. He can eat dates by the handful, straight from the container…and he loves bacon. He’s munch on these easy, but elegant appetizers over a sweet treat any time of the day. Today we’re talking all about bacon wrapped dates. What they are…how to make them…and the best way to cook them. And if you love the idea of these, try our orange walnut stuffed dates!
As I researched bacon wrapped dates for this article, I realized that they are often called “Devils on Horseback”. This surprised me as I had never heard of this! Angels on Horseback are oysters wrapped in bacon, so a different take on that classic food is Devils on Horseback, replacing the oyster with a date or a prune. The savory combination is much-loved though…you can’t beat that sweet and salty flavor!
You can fairly easily find pitted dates in the grocery store. I definitely recommend buying the dates pitted to save yourself some work. If you happen to have dates with pits, here’s how to pit them. Take a small knife and slice lengthwise down the date, going down about 1/8″ of an inch. You want to break through the to the center of the date. Pull open the date and remove the pit. Easy as that! It takes a bit of time, but is really easy to pit dates.
I’ve seen dates stuffed with flavored cheese, chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, sun dried tomatoes and even nuts. But by far our favorite date filling is simply cream cheese. For this recipe we also added a whole almond. It adds richness and a nice crunch to the dates.
The first step to making the dates is to stuff them.
Bake the dates in a hot oven at 425º Fahrenheit. A nice hot oven will allow the bacon to crisp nicely.
Bake the dates for about 15-18 minutes or until the bacon is as crispy as you’d like it.
This recipe makes about 18 dates, but you can easily make many more. We like to serve the bacon wrapped dates warm. They have the best crisp texture right from the oven. If you need to make bacon wrapped dates in advance, reheat them in the oven right before serving. Set the oven to 350º F and cook for several minutes until they are heated through.