Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Almonds are so ridiculously easy to make and so incredibly delicious!
Delicious Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Almonds
With just a handful of ingredients you can create a delicious quick snack for a stay at home Friday night movie night or your next dinner party.
I had my first stuffed date about 10 years ago. I had a long love affair with this delicious appetizer and couldn’t stop making them or eating them!
I have made them stuffed with cheese over the years but my favorite stuffed dates are with almonds wrapped in smoky bacon.
In the 1970’s, bacon-wrapped dates were known as Devils on Horseback. The fact that they are still popular today proves that this simple recipe stands the test of time!
There Are Only 3 Simple Ingredients To This Easy Appetizer
How crazy is that! The salty bacon, sweet dates, and almonds combined is a flavor so amazing that they seem to disappear at an awesomely alarming rate every time I make them!
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Baking sheet (I recommend using one with raised sides to prevent any bacon grease spilling out)
- Oven mitt
- Paper towel-lined plate
How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Almonds
1. Slice the dates lengthwise.
2. Stuff sliced almonds into each date.
3. Cut raw bacon slices in half and wrap each stuffed date in one piece of bacon securing with a toothpick.
4. Arrange evenly and in a single layer on a sheet pan with raised edges.
5. Bake for 20 minutes turning every so often until bacon is cooked to your liking.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Almonds
What Type Of Dates Do I Use?
Typically you can find two types of dates in grocery stores. Sweet Medjool dates and Deglet noor dates.
Medjool dates tend to be on the larger size and a little more sweeter than Deglet noor dates which are smaller and have more of a nutty flavor. Both dates are high in fiber and contain natural sugars.
Either type of date will taste delicious in this recipe.
Do I Use Pitted Dates?
If you’re looking to save time especially during the holiday season, the answer is yes!
You absolutely can use dates that have the pit still in them. Just make sure you remove the pit before stuffing the date.
Should I Use Whole Almonds Or Sliced Almonds?
When I first had this delicious snack, it was made with a whole almond and although it was very tasty, it was a little hard biting into the whole nut.
Since I started making them, I use sliced almonds or almond pieces.
I’ve been known to take whole almonds, place them in a resealable plastic bag and crush them into small pieces! A rolling pin works great for this trick!
Why Didn’t My Bacon Completely Cook?
The bacon may be too thick. Thinner bacon slices work the best.
The best way to have the bacon be cooked evenly is to turn them every so often while they are baking.
Use a toothpick to secure the wrapped bacon and then use it to turn the dates during the baking process!
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?
Yes, it’s a great idea to make the wrapped dates a day in advance. It’s one less thing you have to do on the day of your next holiday party!
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
If you’re looking for another easy appetizer with bacon, try this delicious one from AllRecipes: Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
What is so great about this perfect appetizer is that there are many favorite combinations that you can make. Try different cheeses such as blue cheese, tangy goat cheese, or feta cheese.
Trust me when I say that any of the date recipes will be the crowd favorite at dinner parties.
Try drizzling a little bit of maple syrup on top of each date right when they come out of the oven. Talk about a perfect balance of flavor for a breakfast bite!
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- Mini Pecan Raisin Tarts
- Easy Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders
- Pigs In A Blanket With Mustard Whiskey Sauce
- Easy Company Chicken Casserole With Wine Sauce
- 8 slices of bacon cut in half
- 16 dates (I used large medjool dates this time)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use a paring knife and slice the dates lengthwise on one side and remove the pit if not using pitted dates.
- Stuff sliced almonds into each date using your fingers or small spoon and press date together.
- Cut raw bacon slices in half.
- Wrap each stuffed date in one piece of bacon by rolling the dates up in the bacon strips and securing with toothpicks.
- Arrange evenly and in a single layer on a sheet pan with raised edges.
- Bake for 20 minutes turning every so often until the bacon is cooked to your liking.
- For really crispy bacon, bake at 375 degrees.
- Remove from the oven using an oven mitt and place on a paper towel-lined plate for a few minutes before serving.
- Thinner bacon slices work the best. The best way to have the bacon be cooked evenly is to turn them every so often while they are baking.
- Use a toothpick to secure the wrapped bacon and then use it to turn the dates during the baking process.
- You can use either Medjool dates or Deglet noor dates.
- This is a single recipe. Double or triple for a crowd!