What do nearly all tapas restaurants have in common? Bacon Wrapped Dates! Usually stuffed with almonds, they are the perfect nuggets of salty wrapped around sweet. Each bite is intensely flavored, exuding a smokey aroma.  These morsels are worthy of that cliche label, “match made in heaven.”

Every time I go out for tapas with the girls, they order the bacon wrapped dates, without fail and usually order seconds. If you’ve somehow missed this delicious treat, head out to Alta, Pipa, Boqueria, Sala 19, or make it yourself. It’s laughably easy!

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The recipe is a small portion but it’s easy to understand how to multiply it by 2, 3, 4, or 20 for a large party. You can do all the stuffing and wrapping ahead of time and cook them when you need. You can even brown them as guests are arriving and having a glass of wine. It will smell insanely good in your kitchen.

As an extra throw-in, I like to throw asparagus into that lovely bacon grease oozing out onto the pan. Mmm…

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates
~3 appetizer pieces

  • 3 dried Medjool dates
  • 9 almonds (preferably Marcona)
  • 3 strips bacon

Instructions –

1. Slice date open lengthwise on one side. Remove the pit. Repeat with the other dates.

cut open dates

2. Fill the empty cavities of the dates with the almonds.

marcona almonds in dates

3. Close the dates back up by just pushing the sides together. Wrap a slice of bacon around each date and place them seam side down.

close stuffed dates wrap bacon around stuffed dates

4. Heat a small flat pan, preferably cast iron, on medium heat. Place the bacon wrapped dates, seam side down on the pan until the the bottoms are golden and the seam is sealed.

5. Turn the bacon wrapped dates and brown all the other sides. Serve immediately or hold in a warm oven if you are serving in 10 to 15 minutes.

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