Make It a Meal Monday; Bacon Wrapped Dates

I love hosting parties but I hate making complicated food. Sure, I’ll cook one complicated item for a party but will never do more which is why I love this recipe.

bacon wrapped dates recipe

Why it’s an amazing recipe–

  • two ingredients (bacon and dates)
  • little effort (stick it with a toothpick)
  • maximum results (quickly emptied plate)

It’s a recipe anyone can make due to its simplicity. Now you’re reading simple, easy and probably wondering where this falls on the “is it good” scale– it’s divine with the merging of salty and sweet. When I serve it, I’ve learned to cook it in two batches because it quickly disappears off the plate leaving nothing behind but a pile if discarded tooth picks.

Bacon Wrapped Dates


  • One package of bacon
  • Toothpicks
  • One can of pitted dates (typically found with the raisins)

1. Cut your bacon into three sections (each date does not need a full strip of bacon to cover it).

bacon wrapped dates recipe

2. Wrap a strip around your date.

Bacon wrapped dates recipe

3. Secure it with a toothpick.

bacon wrapped dates recipe

4. Repeat until all the dates or bacon is used.

5. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.  This will save you from cleaning up a crusty mess.

6. Place all the bacon wrapped dates on the tray and cook for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

7. Plate and enjoy everyone’s reaction to the salty/sweetness of the treat.

bacon wrapped dates recipeSide note: I’ve seen a few recipes where people substitute a pineapple chunk for a date, feel free to play around!

Administrative side note: If you look at the top of the page, you will see Make It A Meal.  This page now archives all of my Make It a Meal posts (for ease of searching!)  I’m slowly customizing the site, so stay tuned for more updates.


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