Entertaining this weekend? This bacon wrapped date recipe is a quick and super easy one to make for guests. If you are a bacon lover, and have not had this simple sweet and salty combination, you are missing out. The addition of rich local honey and a sprinkling of Sriracha salt add more complexity to the flavor, making this old standard more interesting and irresistible. These bacon wrapped dates are a great hors d’oeuvre option in the Fall/Winter months, this recipe pairs perfectly with a nice, full-bodied wine and will please almost everyone.
I love hors d’oeuvres and tapas generally: the chance to have little bites with lots of different flavors and textures is always appealing. I don’t eat a ton of bacon myself. But this is hard to pass up, the salty bacon stands up well to the intense sweetness of a rich Medjool date. I like to use a good uncured, nitrate-free Sunday or slab bacon, such as Applegate or D’artagnan for this recipe, but any type of bacon will work just fine. I add Marcona almonds, delicious Spanish almonds (a favorite of mine), to the centers to add a bit of crunch. These little treats are in no way health-food, but they are absolutely delicious in moderation. If you have not jumped onto the Sriracha bandwagon yet despite its overwhelming popularity these days, this is the perfect finishing salt for you to try adding just the right amount of heat to these tasty little bites.
Bacon Wrapped Dates With Honey & Sriracha Salt
- 24 medjool pitted dates
- 10 slices night rate free bacon, cut in half
- 24 Marcona almonds
- Honey for drizzling
- Sriracha salt for sprinkling
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Step 2 Gently stuff each date with one whole almond.
- Step 3 Wrap each date in a piece of bacon. Place the date, with the seam of the bacon down, on the prepared baking sheet.
- Step 4 Place in the oven on the top rack and bake for about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the dates. Using tongs, rotate the dates halfway through the cooking process.
- Step 5 Remove from the oven and drizzle with good quality local honey. Sprinkle with a little Sriracha seasoning salt and serve hot.