This is more of a dessert than an appetizer, by far. The dates sort of caramelize inside of the bacon, and the bacon lends a nice saltiness and crisp. If you’ve never had bacon-wrapped dates, don’t let their rough exterior scare you away – it certainly doesn’t detract from their deliciousness.
Preheat the oven to 300ish degrees Fahrenheit.
Take some bacon and cut slices into 4 pieces each, width-wise.
Before wrapping each pitted date, give the bacon a little stretch, to make it a little longer. Then wrap and secure with a toothpick.
Bake on a foil-lined sheet 20 minutes, then flip them all over and bake the other side until everything is crispy.
If you bring these to a party or have them at a gathering you’re hosting, people might be afraid of them because they look a bit like crispy beetles or something. LET THEM be afraid! They’re so good you won’t want to share anyway.
PS I think they would be really tasty with a morsel of feta cheese stuffed inside too, for a bit of zing. But I haven’t tried it so if you do let me know how it goes!