Bacon-Wrapped Dates are stuffed with feta cheese and pecan pieces hugged in slices of bacon and then coated with maple syrup! This irresistibly sweet yet salty appetizer is a must-have for any occasion!
When finger foods are both salty and sweet I find they usually fly off the appetizer table a little quicker! Coffee Maple Bacon Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Bacon Chocolate Cake also meet the mark on everyone’s favorite flavor combination!
This Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe is perfect for serving large crowds since it delivers two dozen sweet dates! But hardly anyone can refuse anything wrapped in bacon so it may be a good idea to double the recipe!
These Bacon Dates take just 15 minutes to prepare before baking yet taste like you’ve worked on them for hours! Whether you’ll be cheering on your favorite team or anxiously awaiting the New Year, you can make these ahead of time to begin party prep earlier!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates Ingredients
Grab two dozen Medjool dates, these will be stuffed with feta cheese, pecan pieces, pepper, and salt. Bacon will wrap around the stuffed dates while 100% pure maple syrup is used to brush on the extra sweetness!
Chili flakes and parsley are used for garnishing.
I recommend using regular bacon instead of thick-cut bacon. You want the piece of bacon to be able to cook and crisp up without overcooking the stuffed date.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Dates
- Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F and setting aside a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prepare your dates by cutting a slit halfway through each date lengthwise. If the dates you’re using have pits be sure to remove them before continuing.
- Combine the feta, pecan pieces, pepper, and if desired, salt. Take each date and stuff it with roughly 1 teaspoon of the filling mixture.
- Wrap a piece of halved bacon around the stuffed dates and secure with a toothpick. Place the bacon-wrapped dates onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes then remove them from the oven to brush them on both sides with maple syrup. Afterward, put them back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time. Remove the Bacon Wrapped Dates from the oven once the bacon has reached your desired crispiness. Sprinkle the chili flakes and parsley over the dates before serving!
There are many great variations of stuffed dates! Cream cheese, goat cheese, blue cheese, and even peanut butter are other popular options to try!
Storing & Reheating
You can store these delicious dates in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the oven at 350°F for 5 to 8 minutes until heated through.
Skipping bacon grease splatter clean up by using Baking Bacon has allowed me to come up with some of my favorite recipes! The less clean up in the kitchen, the better, here are more bacon recipes worth trying!
- Bacon Cauliflower Chowder – A gluten-free, keto-friendly meal time option!
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – Watch this dish quickly become your family’s favorite!
- Southern Cornbread Dressing With Bacon – Cornbread stuffing with a rich smoky flavor!
- Three Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese – Parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese covered pasta with a crispy bacon topping!
- Bacon Onion Spinach Quiche Lorraine – An easy, hearty breakfast dish everyone will love!
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Bacon Wrapped Dates
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a slit halfway through the dates lengthwise; set aside.
- Mix together the feta, pecan pieces, pepper, and salt (if using) and stuff each of the dates with a little more than 1 teaspoon of the mixture.
- Wrap a piece of the halved bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all of the dates.
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and brush with maple syrup, then flip the dates and brush the other side. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until bacon reaches desired crispiness.
- Sprinkle with chili flakes and parsley before serving.
- While the feta and bacon are both salty, the sweetness of the maple syrup and dates is stronger. If you prefer a more salty than sweet you can add salt to the filling or sprinkle these with flaked salt after removing them from the oven.
- Either serve with the toothpick in or remove it. To remove, make sure you pull it from the non-end side so it doesn’t start unwrapping the bacon when you remove it.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Goat cheese can be used instead of feta.
- Use regular bacon and not thick-cut for best results.