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Basque Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

This bacon wrapped dates recipe is my go-to appetizer for dinner parties - of any size! You just need three ingredients, and 20 minutes, to make this delicious dish.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: David Pope


  • 6 strips of thinly sliced bacon you can substitute serrano ham or prosciutto
  • 12 large dates
  • 3 ounces of goat cheese
  • 12 toothpicks
  • 12 Marcona almonds (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • To prepare the dates, use a sharp knife to slice lengthways into each date from the edge to the pit. Carefully remove the pit, and replace it with a small amount of goat cheese (and the almond if using). Press the edges of the dates together to seal.
  • Cut the strips of bacon in half, and wrap each date in one piece of bacon. Pierce the bacon, dates, and cheese all together with a toothpick so that the cheese is sealed inside.
  • Arrange the dates evenly across a baking dish with raised lips, leaving space between each date. Bake for about 15 minutes, turning halfway through, until the bacon is brown and crispy.
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