The Bro, SIL, Hubby & I had brunch at Olea in Brooklyn, NY awhile back. We had ordered the Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates from the menu & they were delicious. They were a little sweet, a little salty & oh so simple to make. I’ve decided to re-create this at home. Since I didn’t have any almonds, I substituted with walnuts. I’ve also used pecans before & they all work similarly well together. This is also Paleo, so you won’t feel so guilty eating them.
Walnut Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates – adapted from Olea
This makes approximately 18 pieces.
Walnut (9 whole pieces, halved) – substitute with Pecans or Almonds. Almonds do not need to be halved.
Bacon (6 slices)
Whole Pitted Dates (18 pieces)
Take your dates & use a chopstick to open up the hole in the middle.
Slice the Walnuts in half & insert into the dates.
Put 6 slices on bacon in a frying pan & fry until it is no longer raw. Turn off heat. Remove bacon from pan & blot out excess oil with paper towel.
Roll date in bacon & cut off excess bacon with a knife. Insert toothpick to hold bacon in place. You can use one toothpick per 2 pieces. Each piece of bacon can make 3 pieces. Repeat with the rest of the dates.
Put all your bacon wrapped dates back into the hot frying pan & continue to fry until they are nice & crispy. Make sure to flip them to the other side to get all sides crispy.
Transfer the bacon onto a plate with a paper towel to remove excess oil.