Bacon Wrapped Dates with Spiced Honey

When I first tried a bacon wrapped date, it was at Toro Bravo, a Spanish inspired tapas restaurant owned by John Gorham in Portland, OR. I was blown away. The salty, smokiness of the bacon perfectly complimented the chewy sweetness of the medjool dates. Inside was a pop of crunch and the creamy, footy flavor of a blue cheese. While I still use a nut for crunch and blue cheese, I’ve added a little spice to the honey topping and only use marcona almonds for the filling. The result is the ultimate appetizer and a snack that will surely become an addiction.

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Serves 4

12 dried Medjool dates
12 marcona almonds
Wedge of good blue or gorgonzola cheese
6 strips of good, thick bacon
4 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp tumeric


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
  2. Cut a small slice into each date and remove pit.
  3. Stuff one almond and small sliver of cheese into dates.
  4. Cut each strip of bacon in half and wrap each half around the dates.
  5. Place on lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake the bacon-wrapped dates for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked.
  7. In a small pot, melt honey over low heat and add spices.

Drizzle honey over cooked dates and serve warm.