Monday, February 27, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Dates


This is why I haven't posted anything in the last week:
  1. My Cousin Tena flew in from Canada on her way to Florida and we spent 20 glorious layover hours together.
  2. I'm still trying to find all the stuff that I stashed off the kitchen counters in an attempt to impress her with my fabulous housekeeping.
  3. The kids were off of school on Monday.
  4. My husband went out of town on Tuesday.
  5. I've spent approximately 27 hours in the car trying to single handedly shuttle four kids to 198 different activities this week.
  6. We're re-siding our house.
  7. I have a 20 yard bright orange dumpster in my driveway.
  8. I have made multiple trips to the paint store and have thus far bought six different quarts of sample paint trying to determine the new right shade of brown for our shutters.
  9. I'm attempting to purge our basement in time for the upcoming school garage sale.
  10. I'm not very good at purging.
  11. I am really good at getting sidetracked when I find old pictures of my sweet little children who are growing up much too fast.  I completely lose momentum when I see those chubby little cheeks.  I smile.  I cry.  I'm forced to take a Diet Coke break.  But enough about my sentimental woes.......


Let me tell you about something amazing!  When my cousin was here, I took her to my favorite Greek-Italian restaurant, Sugo's. We snuck in just minutes before 11PM on Saturday and I begged and pleaded with them to serve us their amazing Bacon Wrapped Dates. Sugo's Bacon Wrapped Dates are so incredible that, on Sunday, we decided to forego sightseeing and spent the afternoon recreating them.


To make our version, start with the biggest, plumpest, juiciest pitted dates you can find.  
Slice a pecan in half and insert it into the pit hole.


Take 1/3 of a slice of fairly thick bacon and wrap it around the date.  


Make a lot of them.  You'll thank me later.
Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Pour some maple syrup into a small bowl.


Brush maple syrup over the bacon.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.
Halfway through the baking time, feel free to brush with more maple syrup.
Serve with Balsamic Glaze.


Sweet and Salty. Crunchy and Chewy.
Savory Candy Bites that melt in your mouth and linger on your tongue.


Thanks for visiting, cousin!


Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Ingredients:

Large, fresh, pitted dates
Thick-sliced bacon
Pecans
Maple Syrup
Balsamic Glaze

Directions:

Slice Pecans in half, lengthwise.  Insert Pecan half into date.  Wrap 1/3 slice bacon around date.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush bacon with maple syrup.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy.  If desired, brush with more maple syrup half-way through baking.  Serve with Balsamic Glaze.


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15 comments:

  1. Wow these look SO good! Now I'm hungry. I'm following now (would love if you stopped by my blog and joined me too!)

    ♥ Samantha
    http://theadornedarticleblog.blogspot.com/

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  2. Yum-o! I could eat a dozen of those :) I hope you'll stop over and share this scrumptious recipe at Mix it up Monday:

    http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/mix-it-up-monday_26.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  3. I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I WILL BE FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

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  4. I am glad I am not the only one who is so crazy busy lately such that the blog is taking a back burner...but as I always say life before blog, never blog before life! Thanks for linking to Tea Party Tuesday!

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  5. What a lovely snack. Just stopping by from the Something Swanky blog hop.

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  6. Sounds lovely, and according to my 6 year old, everything is better with bacon.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com!

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  7. I love the bacon/date combination, it's delicious! Love the contrast of the savory with the smooth sweet. These look so good I wish I could have one right now!

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  8. These look so delicious!!! Really elegant even though its just bacon and dates! :) I've seen some similar and I just need to try them now! I would love for you to coming link up at the Project Party here: http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/project-party-weekend-pretty-striped-pencils-tutorial.html

    Hope to see you there! xoxo-Rachel

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  9. Hi Rachel,
    What a precious photo of your cousin. Bacon Wrapped Dates are a favorite of mine. This is an awesome recipe, that we would enjoy anytime! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. These were great - I'd only suggest that you spring for the higher grade bacon that is more meat content vs fat. They were so yummy. My husband didn't think he'd like them and then he scarfed them.

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  11. No brainer these will be featured at Bacon Time this week. Love the balsamic glaze.

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  12. These are a step-up from the ones I've always made...just a pitted date with bacon wrapped around (and I LOVE those). I have GOT to try this version. They sound and look amazing. Hmmm...I think I have all the ingredients! They're usually a special occasion food around here. I think this recipe IS the special occasion! ;)

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  13. Great tutorial and gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing this at Shine on Fridays!!

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