Agritopia Farm in our Chow Share box for this week. I love that the dates were grown less than 20 miles from my house.
When I heard that we would have farm fresh dates in the basket, my first thought was simply how fun it would be to try another new food. I'd recently seen some photos of Bacon Wrapped Dates on Pinterest and I couldn't wait to try something like that.
What fruit or vegetable doesn't become even more delicious when wrapped in bacon? The dates were incredibly sweet and the salty bacon provided a great balance to each bite. Because I didn't want to leave it at that, I reduced some balsamic and drizzled it that over them. I loved the combination of the three best of all. My husband liked them best without the balsamic though. Surprising me most of all, my kids went nuts over these. Both of my older boys thought they were eating candy.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction
Bacon, cut into 5-6"slices
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil and set aside. Using a sharp knife, slit the side of each date and remove the pit. Wrap each date in bacon and then stab completely through with a toothpick to hold the bacon in place. (If you don't use a toothpick, the bacon will shrink and slide off of the date as it cooks.) Place wrapped dates on the foil lined sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and slightly crispy. While the dates are in the oven, pour some balsamic in the bottom of a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium low and bring to a slow simmer. When the vinegar has reduced by about half, remove from the heat and drizzle over the finished dates. Enjoy!