If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer, then try this bacon-wrapped dates recipe that is simmered in brown sugar and bourbon.
Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 30minutes
Total Time: 40minutes
1cuppacked light brown sugar
½stick unsalted butter
2tablespoonsheavy whipping cream
3tablespoonsbourbon or whiskey
13strips medium thick-cut bacon cut in half
25pitted Medjool dates
Preheat the oven to 325°.
Add the brown sugar, butter and whipped cream to a medium-size saucepot and cook over low to medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until cooked and smooth. See notes on the texture below. Set aside.
Wrap each date in a ½ slice piece of bacon and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and place each bacon-wrapped date bacon seam side down and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until the bacon is browned and crispy. See note on cooking it batches.
Drain the rendered bacon fat and add the crisp bacon-wrapped dates back into the pan and pour the caramel over top.
Bake in the oven at 325° for 15-17 minutes.
Make-Ahead: You can make the bacon wrapped dates 2 days ahead of time. The day you plan on serving them, add them to a pot, cover with a lid and cook over low heat until hot.
How to Reheat add them to a pot, cover with a lid and cook over low heat until hot. You can also heat in the microwave until hot or place them on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake them at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until hot.
How to Store: Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How to Freeze: These do not freeze that well, but you can place them in the freezer covered for up to 2 months. Thaw for 1 full day before reheating.
Stay away from any flavored bacon to wrap the dates in.
Cook the bacon wrapped dates in batches if there isn’t enough room in the pan.
When you cook them with the end of the bacon seam side down into the pan it cooks the bacon together sealing it together so no need for a toothpick.
Don’t worry if the sides of the bacon don’t get cooked while crisping it in the pan as it will finish cooking in the oven.