The first time I ever had Bacon-Wrapped Dates they were disguised under the name “Devils on Horseback” at The Pearl here in Columbus. THANK GOD I asked the waiter what Devils on Horseback was because it was a life changing appetizer. I had never even had a date before, but here, stuffed with ricotta cheese and wrapped in bacon, it didn’t seem so mysterious or strange anymore. This quickly became a must-eat app in my mind. I’ve had similar style dates at other restaurants around town, but TJ and I couldn’t resist making it for ourselves at home when we are feeling fancy or eating tapas for dinner.
There’s really not much to this recipe, which I love. I love when I can make something that looks fancy but really only takes minutes to put together. But, I worried when I made this the other day because I was bringing it over for a girl’s night. I wasn’t sure if they would all look at these and go, “ewwwww, daaaates.” Luckily for me, I brought them in and they were popped into everyone’s mouths with joy saying, “mmmmm, baconnnn.”
So don’t be afraid of these wrinkly treats, just give them a creamy and crunchy addition and enjoy!
Start by removing the pits from the dates. This is super easy. Just take a small knife and slice the date lengthwise. You will feel the pit in the middle.
Take out all of your pits and get ready to fill em! I don’t have a pastry bag so I use a good old sandwich bag that I cut the tip off of. First though, BEFORE you cut the tip off, fill the baggie with a scoop or two of ricotta and a few dashes of cinnamon. Mix this together in the bag then snip off the tip.
Oh yeah, starting to look good! Next, take your bacon slices and cut them in half. So you’ll need half the amount of bacon you have dates. One half will cover them plenty. Take your bacon half and wrap it around the date and set it on a baking sheet.
Pop these little babies into your oven and let them cook for about 15-20 minutes, flipping them half way through. Most of these were nice and crispy after that time, but I did take about 5 or 6 and crisp them up just a smidge more in a pan on the stove top. I like crispy bacon. That’s just me. But either way, these dates are donezo. Easy peasy recipe that everyone will want to just pop right into their mouths. Enjoy!