Apple Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates
Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are the easiest, naturally sweet, salty, crispy appetizer. Delicious sweet apples are stuffed into in plump dates, all nicely wrapped in bacon then baked until warm and crispy.
Always a popular appetizer that’s a crowd pleaser because everything is better with bacon. Easy to make that can be prepared ahead of time and baked in the oven minutes before guests arrive. These are the plumpest and sweetest Medjool dates I have ever had.
To make the stuffing and wrapping go quickly and easily, I like to setup an assembly line. Starting from left to right, the pitted dates, the sliced apple, the bacon then the toothpicks (see picture below).
These tasty bites are stuffed with apple. It is common to see them stuffed with cheese, but apples are so sweet right now and the flavor combination of all three is really good.
Any red apple that is in season. Green apples are not as sweet.
A baking rack in a baking sheet is the best way to cook them. This way they are not sitting in the bacon fat and the bacon will cook evenly and be crispy all around.
Once the dates are cooled, I like to remove the regular toothpicks and replace them with more decorative mini skewers for a prettier presentation, plus this gives you a larger handle to hold.
It is very difficult to eat just one of these dates, and they are one of the most popular bites when I serve them, so make sure you make a large batch.
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17 Comments on “Apple Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates”
I served these last night with drinks for friends and they lasted only minutes. I added blue cheese inside the date with the apple and tried the honey drizzle. So good,would not change a thing.
Oh, I’m going to try the blue cheese. I love the honey too 🙂
These sound and look wonderful! I mean, there’s BACON, so what’s not to love!!
I love bacon-wrapped anything! These dates looks awesome.
Thank you so much Jillian.
These look wonderful. Perfect appetizer to my next dinner party.
Apple stuffed, bacon wrapped dates sound so awesome! Love this idea!!!
These would be a total hit at Thanksgiving. My husband and his family would devour them.
They are so cute Janette! I love fruity appetizers!
It’s a great combo, thanks Erica.
Beautiful photos as always! I’ve never made dates, but I imagine this combo of salty sweet is just delicious! There look perfect for the holidays
These are delicious, I love making these for the boys – bacon is their love and they’ll eat whatever it’s wrapped in. Pinned/shared
Joanne, it’s amazing what bacon will do 🙂
I love this appetizer! The sweet dates (a favorite) and the salty bacon (always a winner) PLUS honey crisp apples? Yeah baby!
This looks so good! I have never thought of stuffing dates with apples. It is usually the other way round. I always admire how you think outside the box. I give this recipe 5 stars and then some! 🙂
What a cute looking date bites, great for a party appetizer! I love these! Last week I did something similar, but still haven’t posted it on the blog 🙂 Pinned!
Thank you Mira, they’re a tasty, easy appetizer.