I know I promised a follow up to our supper club
that included the bacon wrapped date recipe. Since I had so much else to talk about I haven’t gotten around to it until now.
Bacon wrapped dates might sound a little strange but trust me that they are delicious. The first time I tried them was at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
(a tapas restaurant here in Chicago) and I was sold. I mean pretty much anything wrapped in bacon is going to be good right? Right.
I looked at a few recipes to see what to do (not that I really needed to). The main basis for my recipe was from Yum Sugar
but I really just looked at a few recipes and saw how easy it was, and kind of went from there.
You will need:
-1 package of bacon. I bought one with 40% less fat. 40% less fat than a bucket of crisco? I’m not sure but sounded good to me
-About 30 dates. However many strips of bacon are in the package, you will need twice as many dates.
-If you want to stuff the dates, you will need whatever you want. Vague much? I know, but really you could stuff the dates with anything! I did some unstuffed, some stuffed with feta, some with almonds. I personally don’t really like blue cheese, but I read a lot of reviews saying that blue cheese was great.
A word about the kind of dates to use. I first bought just regular old sunkist pitted dates.
Then, I went to Trader Joe’s on a whim and saw that they had Medjool dates. Medjool dates are a lot bigger but not pitted. I bought those too and tried some of each.
Here is my take on which one to use: Medjool dates are a lot bigger so they are better for stuffed dates. You have to pit them, but then it is easy to replace the pit with an almond or some cheese, or whatever else you would like. However, if you don’t want stuffed dates then they are kind of a pain in the butt to pit. The smaller dates are not ideal for stuffing, and I think it would be hard/annoying to do. What I did like about the smaller dates is the date to bacon ratio was much better than with the medjool dates. Since they are smaller, you could taste both ingredients and the date wasn’t overpowering. Sometimes with the medjools, there was too much date flavor and not enough bacon flavor. So, keep that in mind during the great date debate.
Ok, to make you basically take bacon, cut each strip in half (the recipe says thirds but that didn’t seem like enough bacon). If you are stuffing the date, do that first and then wrap the bacon around the date. You can either secure with a toothpick or just place that side down on the pan. I would use aluminum foil for the least mess. I actually wrapped the dates a day in advance, so I used toothpicks to hold them together. You can either bake or broil these (350 for bake for about 15 minutes and High for broil for about 7) but either way I would recommend flipping halfway through so that the bacon gets crispy on all sides. For something so simple and easy to make, they are pretty unique and would make a great appetizer for a party.
If you are interested in any of the other recipes from the supper club
, let me know and I can get them for you or do a separate post on them.