One of my coworkers took me to a food truck gathering where we ate at the Barcelona OntheGo food truck. One of their signature dishes is a Bacon Wrapped Date, which I fell in love with the minute I tried one. That same day, I literally went straight to Trader Joe’s after work to grab some apple smoked bacon and dates then made it at home that same night. Here is a quick look at how to make Bacon Wrapped Dates.
Bacon wrapped dates have the perfect blend of sweet and salty, which allows it to be an amazing snack, side dish, or h’orderve. Now I’ve seen them stuffed with cheese and various other ingredients, but personally I like them simple and with just the two basic ingredients (bacon + date). Making them is very simple, just need to follow a few basic preparation and cooking tips.
The first step is to remove the pit from the date, when you bite into a bacon wrapped date the last thing you want to do is break a tooth on a date pit. If you take a date and hold it so the pointy side faces up, use a paring knife and cut a 1 inch slice down the middle. That will expose the date pit, from there just use your hands and split the date far enough to remove the pit but do not break the date in half. Once the pit is remove push the date back into its original shape and set aside.
Take your bacon and cut it in half then wrap each date and use a tooth pick to hold it in place. When you push the tooth pick in, make sure it goes through the bacon, the date, and through the other side of bacon as well. Do not push the tooth pick too far because you want the date to sit up right with the tooth pick pointing straight up.
Heat a pan on medium heat and place your bacon wrapped dates in the pan so the tooth pick is facing straight up. Cook on medium low heat until the bacon is golden brown. Once the bottom of the bacon is cooked turn the bacon wrapped date onto its side so the tooth pick is horizontal.
Once the second side of bacon is cooked flip the bacon wrapped date to cook the opposite side.
Once the three sides of the bacon wrapped date are cooked the last side is the one with the tooth pick sticking out of it. Take a pair of kitchen tongs and hold the bacon wrapped date in a way where the tooth pick is facing down and push it against the pan to force the tooth pick to push through the bacon wrapped date. That way the tooth pick will now be sticking out of the original side that you cooked so you will be able to cook the last side.
Once all sides are cooked remove from the pan and let them rest on some paper towels to drain off the extra bacon drippings. Serve immediately and enjoy!