A family favorite my uncle makes. They are a wonderful balance between salty and sweet, with a combination of crispy, chewy, and crunchy textures. My family destroys a tray of these in fifteen minutes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 stuffed dates
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Soak the toothpicks in a bowl of water. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce and ground ginger. Place the brown sugar into a shallow bowl. Spread open a pitted date, then stuff it with a smoked almond. Wrap the date with half a bacon slice, secure it with a toothpick, dip the bundle in soy sauce mixture, and then dip it into brown sugar. Place the wrapped dates into the prepared baking dish. If desired, sprinkle a little more brown sugar over the bundles.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crisp, 15 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving; serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Note

Double or triple the recipe for a large crowd! You can also use prunes or dried apricots instead of dates, or mango chutney instead of the almonds. Serve on top of watercress greens.

Nutrition Facts

118 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 12.2g 4% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 9.7mg 3% DV; sodium 226.2mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
These are awesome!! I had these back in the 80's when I was stationed in Bermuda. Feel free to substitute walnuts for the almonds apricots for the dates I've even used smoked oysters and sliced water chestnuts wrapped with the bacon... limitless combinations. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2010
eh so-so...not fantastic... Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
These are awesome!! I had these back in the 80's when I was stationed in Bermuda. Feel free to substitute walnuts for the almonds apricots for the dates I've even used smoked oysters and sliced water chestnuts wrapped with the bacon... limitless combinations. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
I made these today with smokehouse almonds figs low sodium bacon and brown sugar (I forgot to buy soy sauce and ginger). I also sprinkled them with red pepper flakes after they were in the cake pan because I wanted them to have some kick (they are devils after all). They take a little while to put together but they cook up quickly and they're REALLY good. My buddy who was over to watch football loved them as did my girlfriend's buddy who was over to get her hair done. If you want something tasty and impressive and you don't mind taking a little time to make them these are awesome. I think I'm gonna make a super spicy batch for Halloween.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
This was a hit! We demolished them in about 2 seconds. Everybody wanted more. Only thing I would suggest don't do to much brown sugar. This was a easy quick recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Made these for Thanksgiving appetizers everyone loved them couldn't get enough. Impressive yet easy to make. I wonder if you could assemble them the night before and cook the next day just before serving they are better when warm. Thank you Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
What a hit! I served these at my annual Halloween bash and they were enjoyed by everyone! My husband was a sceptic at first but had said he enjoyed them too. I'm glad I doubled the recipe! I had four requests for this recipe. Thank you for the great recipe swedishmilk! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2011
Very delicious! Loved them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Could use some blue cheese but otherwise a good recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2012
Loved it! What's not to love? It's got BACON! Personally I think these are way too sweet else I would give it 5 stars. I just dip the bottom of the bundle in brown sugar before baking. Gotta be the bottom that makes contact with the baking sheet because the brown sugar caramelizes as it bakes and it makes a wonderful texture. With this one tweak they are PERFECT! Bringing them to a party tomorrow night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
Had these for New Years Eve and they were gone in seconds! Wish I had made more! Excellent just the way they are! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2010
eh so-so...not fantastic... Read More
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