Bacon wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds

***Sept-Oct 2022 Dinner Group Winner***

Bacon wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds

15 Medjool pitted dates 
15 Marcona almonds
5-8 slices bacon (cut into halves or thirds, depending on size of dates)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Make an incision on one side of each date and insert an almond.
Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure.
Wrap each date with a bacon strip.
Place all the dates on the prepared sheet tray, seam side down.
Roast the dates in the oven until the bacon on top is starting to crisp – 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the dates over and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy!

Marcona almonds have no skins, and have a sweeter, more buttery texture than standard almonds. They’re most often found in grocery stores near the gourmet cheese section. However, you can also use standard almonds in this recipe.

What to Do if Your Dates are a Bit Dry:
The best way to revive dry dates is to place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for about 10 minutes, then and then strain the fruit and discard the water.

What Kind of Bacon to Use?
I prefer using thin cut bacon in this recipe because it cooks up more crispy. However, any bacon you have on hand will work in this recipe. If your bacon is thicker, you may just need to add a couple minutes to the cook time.