So I thought I didn’t like dates. I was wrong. I am not sure why I thought I didn’t like dates because, actually, prior to partaking of today’s particular delicacy I don’t think I had ever eaten a date before. I just knew I wouldn’t like them.
Well I was wrong. At least when it comes to Bacon Wrapped Dates Drizzled with Maple Syrup I was wrong.
Really, what wouldn’t taste wonderful wrapped in bacon and drizzled with maple syrup!?!?
I first enjoyed this lovely little morsels at a Halloween party hosted by my neighbor Denise. Jim found them first and fell in love. He brought one to me and insisted that I try it – without telling me what it was. I knew he thought I wouldn’t try it if I knew what it was – he was probably right. I’m glad he didn’t tell me what it was.
It tasted like candy. Yes, candy!!
The ones we had at the party didn’t come drizzled with maple syrup. That’s just an extra little touch I added.
They would make a lovely addition to any New Year’s Eve party or just about any party!
I found the dates in the bulk section at Winco as well as the pistachios. I bought the pistachios in the shell and had one of the kids shell them for me.
Just make a slit into the date (not all the way through) and place one or two pistachios inside.
Depending on the size of your date you will cut your bacon strips into three to four pieces. Use thin bacon, not the thick stuff. You want the bacon piece to be long enough to wrap around the date with a little bit of overlap.
Place the bacon seam side down on a cookie sheet. Some of your bacon may come slightly unwrapped during the baking process but that’s o.k.
For that added little touch and extra sweetness and goodness give them a nice little brush of real maple syrup (none of that fake stuff!)
Bake them at 350 degrees until crisp. The length of time will depend on the thickness of your bacon. I baked mine about 5 minutes and then flipped them over with a fork for another 5 minutes. I actually burned the first batch I made but they still tasted good!!
The dates can also be stuffed and rolled and then frozen for a quick make a head appetizer. They will just take a bit longer to bake if they are frozen.
I promise you – it’s just like eating candy. Happy New Year!! What are your plans for the big night? We’re still trying to figure out who is going where and doing what – life with a bunch of young adults!
- 32 pitted dates (or however many you want to make)
- 32-64 shelled pistachios (1-2 per date)
- 1 lb. lean, thin bacon, each strip cut into 3-4 pieces depending on size of date
- 1 C maple syrup for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Make a slit in each date and stuff with 1-2 pistachios.
- Wrap each date with a piece of bacon so that the bacon just overlaps.
- Place seam side down on the cookie sheet.
- Brush lightly with maple syrup.
- Bake until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes each side.
- Dates can be made ahead of time and frozen.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes per side if frozen.
- Drizzle with maple syrup.