I recently had my first encounter with Datiles con Tocino – otherwise known as Bacon Wrapped Dates – and my life will never be the same!
I was in Boulder, Colorado a few weeks ago to help my son pack up his dorm room. The day I arrived, he was studying for and taking his last final exam. So I occupied myself with a little (ok – BIG) shopping trip to the local Athleta store. I worked up quite an appetite, and asked the sales lady where she would recommend I go for a nice big salad and a glass of wine. Without hesitation – she suggested The Med – which is short for The Mediterranean Restaurant.
I ordered my glass of vino, but with the immensity of the menu selections, there was no way I could settle for a salad. So with my waiter’s recommendation, I selected the Escabeche – citrus marinated Mahi Mahi, avocado, cucumbers, jalapenos, cilantro and calabrian chili oil…
And the Datiles con Tocino – bacon wrapped Medjool dates
Let me just say – this is my new favorite restaurant!!! I only wish I didn’t live 1,800 miles away! Go ahead – I dare you to check out their website and not start drooling!
Back to the dates….
OMG – they were SO good, I decided I had to try making them myself. After a brief google search, I realized most recipes were relatively similar, although some people stuff with them almonds while others have stuffed them with blue cheese. Stuffed or unstuffed – they are SIMPLE to prepare, QUICK to cook and so incredibly yummy. Warning – you should only make a few at time time, otherwise you’ll truly have to test your willpower!
Add some pitted dates
You can get creative and stuff them with the filling of your choice. I tried some with pistachio nuts…
and a few with parmesan cheese…
Then wrap the bacon around the date
Bake these babies for 15-20 minutes…then try to eat just one! They were ALL delicious, but my favorite was the cheese stuffed – they were a little bit softer and the cheese flavor was a nice addition. I may try goat cheese next time.
- 1 package of pitted dates
- 1 package of bacon
- Optional - nuts or cheese to stuff inside the date
- Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the bacon strips in half or thirds, depending on the size of your dates. You can gently stretch the bacon, but it should be long enough to wrap 1½ times around the date.
- If the date is already pitted, there should be a clean slice in it and it will be easy to stuff with a nut, some cheese or the filling of your choice.
- Wrap the bacon around the date and lay it on the cookie sheet, seam side down.
- Bake for 6-10 minutes, then flip the dates over and bake for another 6-10 minutes to allow the bacon to cook and get crispy on all sides.
- Once they are done, remove them from the baking sheet and let them sit for a few minutes on paper towels to absorb the excess bacon grease.
- Serve immediately.
- *NOTE: Cook times may vary depending on the size of the date, the thickness of the bacon and your individual oven. So keep an eye on them and adjust accordingly.
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