Bacon Wrapped Dates with Herb Honey Glaze
Making these classic bacon wrapped dates recipe is your next best decision! They're much like the traditional appetizer, but there's a crunch inside and a sweet honey glaze on top.
Servings: 16 dates
- 16 large dates (i.e. Medjool)
- 4-6 ounces goat cheese
- 8 pieces nitrate and sugar free bacon cut in half
- 16 pecan halves
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the dates lengthwise, open them and discard the pit inside. Place the dates on a cutting board or large plate.
Stuff each date with approximately 1 teaspoon of goat cheese then stuff the pecan halves sideways inside. Pinch the sides of the dates together to seal the opening then wrap each date with 1/2 a piece of the bacon and set aside.
In a small bowl mix together the honey, salt, pepper and rosemary.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, oven-safe pan. Once the oil is hot and rippling, add the dates, seam side down to seal them closed. Quickly drizzle each date with the prepared honey glaze. It’s ok if you don’t use it all you can save some for glazing at the end. Sear for 1-2 minutes then transfer the pan to the preheated oven.
Bacon for 10 minutes then carefully remove from the oven with an oven mitt and flip each date over using tongs. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and use tongs to turn the dates around in the pan to coat with any honey glaze. There will also be some grease from the bacon rendering in the pan. Transfer the dates to a serving platter and drizzle with any remaining glaze.
Make ahead: Pit, stuff and wrap the dates in bacon up to 8 hours before cooking. When you're ready, remove from the fridge, make the honey herb topping and cook according to instructions.
*See recipe post for ingredients substitution options
Serving: 1date | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.7g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 8.6g | Cholesterol: 12.5mg | Sodium: 198.4mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 19.4g