Don't let anyone tell you otherwise...THESE ARE WONDERFUL. They are always the very first thing to go at a party. When I catered I always told my customers to order 2-3 times more of these than anything else. Most people expect scallops but are pleasantly surprised by the sweet wonderful flavor inside. A combination of sweet, crunchy, salty and smoky is a real winner! You won't be sorry you went out on a limb to try these. You can prep ahead of time, freeze and then pull them out of the freezer and bake right before the party.
- Stuff each date with one almond.
- Cut bacon into half or thirds.
- Wrap bacon around date and secure with a round toothpick.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place dates on a foil lined (they are messy and this makes them much easier to clean up) baking pan and cook until bacon is crispy (around 15 minutes).
- Drain on paper towel and serve warm or room temperature.
- Watch them disappear!
Love this recipe. I currently reside in the Middle East and Almond Stuffed Dates are well liked and available in jumbo sizes, they usually are stuffed with 2 or 3 large almonds. Now as you might be able to gather bacon is not looked at favorably by the locals, but us ExPats are able to obtain it in specialty stores. It goes almost without saying that to wrap a local favorite with bacon and serving it at our last party was a great success...
A great recipe.<br/><br/>I really like to add a drop of honey on top of the bacon before starting to cook them. It provides a glazing that really adds to the flavor.
This recipe is amazing! I cut the bacon strips into thirds. The wrapped dates were then baked for 10 minutes, turned over, and baked an additional 10 minutes. I found that if I didn't turn them the bottoms would be over cooked, possibly because they were baked for 20 minutes rather than 15 minutes. Thanks sassafrasnanc!