Making bacon wrapped dates is remarkably simple. The hardest part, in my opinion, is finding the dates. I was able to find some pitted dates by the prunes and raisins at my local Dominics. After finding the dates, the next complex part is the stuffing. I used store bot ricotta, spooned into a zip-lock bag. I then cut out a small corner of the bag to create a make-shift piping bag and used that to squeeze the ricotta into the whole left from the pitting process.
|The components involved in the process - sans toothpick (not to minimize the contribution of the toothpick)|
Then comes the bacon wrapping. The size of the dates I had was not overly large so I was able to use a quarter strip of bacon to wrap them (cut the bacon in half length wise and width wise). The package is held together by a toothpick (tip: don't forget to soak your toothpicks in water so they don't burn) and placed on a parchment lined baking sheet. For myself and Laura I made 10 dates since they are very rich and I did not want either of us to be too full since I was making carbonara later (maybe another post).
After all that, 450 degree oven - 15 minutes.
End result - delicious.