A taste combination that I love is sweet and salty. These bacon wrapped dates are all that and more being a little taste of foodie heaven. Personally, I love the dates that are gooey and soft compared to the tough hard to chewy ones. Dates (and many dried fruits) are nature’s candy due to their concentrated sweetness after dehydrating.
Usually local food coops have prepacked dried fruit in bulk. My local coop I go to has the dried fruit on a series of shelves and it is like walking into a candy store. In addition to dates they have dried mango, pineapple, goji berries, mulberries, apples, papaya, cranberries, and Turkish figs!
Dates come in SO MANY different varieties and can be used in SO MANY applications. Two other favorite ways to use dates include soaking them in hot water, puree them and then mix them with either unsweetened coconut or coconut milk (or both). When I mix the puree (with a little water added) with the coconut it reminds me of the conventional “German chocolate frosting.” I put this on top of carob brownies…SO GOOD! When the date puree is mixed with the coconut milk a date caramel is created….DELICIOUS! I put this on top of a banana bread which made it just that much more phenomenal and was like putting the “the cherry on top”except I used dates, literally.
I really enjoy eating these as a snack for a little boost of energy or a sweet treat for dessert. I also think that these would make a great appetizer as well. You don’t have to stop here at just wrapping the date in bacon. Try stuffing them with different ingredients like nut butter, cheese, coconut mana/butter, cream cheese, almonds, nuts, spicy peppers, or whatever else you think would be good. Maybe try wrapping with ham or prosciutto and any of the previous ingredients.
Aside from being delicious these amazing little dried fruits come with wonderful health benefits. If you want to know more about their healthfulness click this link here for a quick overview or click this link for a more in depth explanation.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Pitted dried datesthe amount needed really depends on how much bacon you have. You will need about 3 dates per slice of bacon. I wish I could give you a more definite number, but it all depends
baconI use an uncured nitrate/nitrite free variety
Slice the bacon into thirds with a sharp knife.
Wrap each piece of bacon around the date and place seam side down in a pan. I find it helpful to have the pan on the counter next to me to transfer/place the dates directly to it after wrapping. If you want to try securing the bacon with a toothpick do so before putting in the pan.
Fry the dates in the pan until crispy and brown, turning as needed. While the pan is heating up prepare a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess fat.
Transfer to the plate lined with paper towel and dab with a paper towel to remove released fat.
Allow to cool slightly before eating warm or allow to cool completely. Can eat warm or cold.
I think these taste the best when cold, but I might just be weird like that.