Wrapping things in bacon as an appetizer is not new. And neither can I claim credit for this delicious pairing of brown sugar flavor with salty bacon. I first had these gems in Portland at a Paleo style food truck called the Cultured Caveman. Three morsels of perfectly crisped bacon wrapped around a date with an almond in the center for some crunch. I went back for a second order.
Next we found these served as “Devil’s on Horseback” at our favorite little eatery called The Vine on Niles in Fremont, CA. They left out the almonds and served these drizzled with a bit of curried marmalade. We ordered these every single time we found ourselves in the place.
When we moved away, we found ourselves missing these bites. A recent party potluck was the excuse (as if bacon needs excuses) to bring these babies back. So many people asked me about how I made these, that I decided to spill my secrets. Don’t worry, nothing at all complicated about this.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Curried Marmalade
15 strips of bacon (about 1 pound)
30 pitted Deglet Noor dates
30 raw almonds
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Insert one almond into each date.
- Wrap a strip of bacon around each date, securing with a toothpick.
- Arrange bacon bundles evenly and not touching on a cookie sheet.
- On a rack about 6 inches from the top oven heating element, bake for about 20 minutes or until
- browned and crisp.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, warm marmalade over low heat. Stir in water and curry and mix
- Bring the marmalade to a simmer on low-medium heat to fully melt and incorporate water and curry powder.
- Let simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- When bacon is browned to your liking, remove dates from oven and arrange on a plate or serving platter.
- Drizzle the hot marmalade mixture with a spoon.
- Let dates cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve and savor.
Tips for Success
- You might want to turn the bundles halfway, especially if your oven is hotter at the bottom. Use a spatula to loosen bundles if sticking.
- We recommend using the best bacon you can find. This one from US Wellness meats is my favorite in the US since there are only two ingredients, pork and salt. I am not being paid to say this, but maybe we should look into that since their products rock my socks.
- You can stretch the bacon further by cutting into thirds and increasing the dates, almonds and toothpicks to 45 each. If you, you might want to increase the marmalade by a Tablespoon, but isn’t necessary as these will work well even with a sparser drizzle.
- Instead of toothpicks, you can use bamboo skewers. 3-4 per skewer is a good amount.
- Finally, don't skimp on the cooling time. We know that the wait seems like an eternity when bacon is in the air, but it isn't worth a burned tongue. Trust us. We learned the hard way.