Bacon wrapped dates are the best way to unite bacon with fruit! The natural sweetness of the dates goes so well together with the saltiness of the bacon.
My first experience with dates was as an adult. Someone brought them to work one day to share with her co-workers.
At first, I thought they looked kind of funny. Then I started to bite into it and I thought the texture was kind of funny. <—Yes, I was picky.
I pointed both out to my co-worker who told me to try it anyway. So I did, I eased into it a bit, and it was FANTASTIC! She gave me a couple of more for later.
Now here I am a few years later, publishing recipes left and right (the pickiness is mostly gone!), and I needed to bring dates into the picture! So since we focus on easy recipes here, this is the easiest recipe ever using dates!
The taste of bacon wrapped dates is somewhat similar to honeyed ham. Sweet, salty, rich, chewy, all the good things! So if you like that, you will like this!
Dates– Dates are in season during the fall in the United States. This is the best time to get fresh dates. Outside of that, dates are still delicious. When picking out dates, it is good for them to be wrinkled and plump, but you want them to be a little soft as well. We need them pitted for this recipe, so try and purchase them that way if possible.
If you need to pit the dates yourself check out this great tutorial for pitting the dates!
Bacon– We are using 20 dates and each date will need half a strip of bacon. Try to use normal bacon instead of thick cut as it will wrap better.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates:
- Cut the bacon slices in half.
- Wrap each date in a half slice of bacon
- Place them seam down in your air fryer basket spaced evenly, do not stack them.
- Cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- If you have excess grease drain them on a paper towel and serve as you wish. They are good hot, cold, or even room temp (just be sure to follow food safety guidelines).
Unfortunately not. Dates are pretty high in natural sugars.
Yes! You can keep them in a fridge for up to 24 hours. Serve them cold straight from the fridge if you want, or heat them back up as you wish.
We serve these as appetizers with an assortment of other small bites, dips, and snacks.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 20 dates pitted
- 10 slices of bacon
- Cut the bacon slices in half.
- Wrap each date in a half slice of bacon and lay them, seam side down, in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
- Place basket in the air fryer and set to 350 degrees. Air fryer for 9-10 minutes or until bacon is as crisp as you’d like.
- Remove the dates from the air fryer and drain on a paper towel to remove excess grease.
- Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.