It’s the time of year for cocktail parties. Saying goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.
Bacon-wrapped anything is always a safe appetizer to take with you to your New Year’s parties. And bacon wrapped dates are your best bet. The dates caramelize in the oven and turn into candy. The bacon crisps up. What you are left with is essentially a chewy centered candy.
I have a big lesson learned to tag along with this recipe. Bake your bacon wrapped anything on a cookie sheet with a rim! Why? Bacon releases fat/grease. This grease is not solid. This grease will most likely drip off of a flat cookie sheet. In a 450 degree oven this grease will catch fire. Now what?! Turn off the oven. According to dummies.com keep the oven door closed and the lack of oxygen will cause the fire to die. But if want to save your bacon wrapped anything quickly and carefully remove them from the oven and throw either baking soda or salt on the flame. DO NOT USE FLOUR. Apparently, flour will cause an explosion!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
- dried dates
- Soak toothpicks in water, to prevent them from catching fire. Preheat oven to 450 deg.
- Cut bacon in half. On a plate, microwave bacon for 2 minutes (covered with a paper towel).
- Wrap each date with bacon and skewer with a toothpick.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is cooked and crispy.
*This recipe is adapted from Beau at http://oursavorylife.com/a-delicious-paleo-snack-recipe-bacon-wrapped-dates/*