Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

If you are looking for a super fast, super easy, and super delicious appetizer LOOK NO FURTHER. It was Labor Day weekend, and we were invited to a football game party. My sweet husband forgot to mention this to me until the morning of, leaving me slightly panicked since #SeptemberWhole30. I know my extended in-laws, and likely the only compliant thing would be some veggies in a tray. So I decided to whip up something to bring along that I could enjoy while staying Whole30 compliant. Spicy bacon wrapped dates. Spoiler alert: these were a hit with everyone.

Now if you’ve got the ingredients on hand, this will seriously take 20 mins total. I thankfully did have them so it came together easily. Since I’d never made these before I looked up some other recipes. All of them called for things I didn’t have and seemed unnessecary. Toothpicks, I’m looking at you. Since everyone at the party liked heat, I decided to put my own spicy twist on it. And these were so damn good that I knew I needed to write the recipe NOW.

 

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)
the perfect appetizer for any occassion, from a football game to Christmas dinner. Simple, tasty, and no toothpicks required!
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. If you have whole dates like I did, remove the pits carefully.
  3. Put the pitted dates on a plate and liberally coat in cayenne pepper
  4. Cut bacon slices in half
  5. Wrap 1/2 piece of bacon around a date and lay onto a foiled baking skeet with the folded edge down (so it doesn't "unravel" while cooking)
  6. Repeat until all dates are complete. Do not allow dates to touch or they will not get crisp.
  7. Bake in the oven for 16-18minutes. The time varies based on the oven and how crispy you like your bacon. My oven had these done in 18minutes.
  8. Enjoy, and yes go ahead and lick your fingers.
Recipe Notes

It's very easy to adjust this recipe for however many guests you have. You simply need two dates per slice of bacon. Also, instead of cayenne pepper, you could try any spice for a flavor burst. I've got paprika, cumin, and chili powder on my "must try" list. For other recipes, click here.

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