Bacon Wrapped Dates are the perfect appetizer for your next gathering. Simple yet tasty with a little bit of sweet mixed into this savory treat.
You guys. It’s been about a hot minute since I posted a recipe. It’s been a busy past few months with the kids graduation and planning their graduation party. I’ve been back and forth to see my family about 10 times in the last three months and that’s a lot of driving. Oh and the doctor thought I developed a blood clot but luckily it wasn’t and we still haven’t figured out what that bump was/is. Then that was over and my energy was zapped. Until I remembered I had a pool and started spending all my time there. When I first got in the water, I remembered why I enjoy some parts of summer. Stress the some there folks.
Reading is another part of summer I enjoy. It’s just the perfect time to read a book. Ok, anytime is the perfect time to read a book. As you will notice in the title, this is a #ReadingFoodie post which means I read a book and enjoyed it enough to post a recipe about the book.
Forever, Interrupted was a book that I saw someone on Instagram read and you know when that happens, I put it on my list to read. I had read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by the same author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, last year and thoroughly enjoyed that book. Forever, Interrupted was so sad. The entire book I thought it was going to go in another direction but it really was a story about love. Here’s the plot in a nutshell from Goodreads:
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.
These Bacon Wrapped Dates come from Elsie eating them at the service for Ben at his mom’s house. She only ate them because they were his favorite. At this point I was crying in the car listening to the book and sent a note to myself to make these. Oh em gee. Why have I never had dates before? I’ll eat anything wrapped in bacon so that may have something to do with it but seriously these are amazing. And so simple to make to boot. Perfect appetizer for your next get-together.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
5 minPrep Time
22 minCook Time
27 minTotal Time
- Package of Dates
- Package of Bacon, pieces sliced in half
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- Optional: Balsamic Glaze
- Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper and a cooling rack. Spray rack with cooking spray.
- Mix together brown sugar and paprika. Set aside.
- Wrap half slice of bacon around a date. Repeat with all pieces.
- Dip bacon wrapped dates in brown sugar mixture. Place on cooling rack on baking sheet.
- Start oven at 375 and place baking sheet in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Take pan out and flip pieces over. Bake for an additional 7 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
- You can serve by drizzling Balsamic Glaze on top to give it a hint of more sweetness. Or not. They are delicious either way.