I experienced my first bacon-wrapped date in an Ojai, California restaurant called Azu. While the presentation was modest enough (four or five Medjool dates wrapped in thick crispy bacon and served in a shallow ceramic bowl) the taste was extraordinary; the most magical blend of sweet, salty, soft and crispy.
This appetizer is easy to make and will dazzle even the most finicky palate.
Here are the basics*:
1 pound of thick-cut bacon (the best quality you can find)
1 pound pitted Medjool dates
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut the entire pack of bacon in half. Wrap each date with a half piece of bacon and place each bundle (bacon ends facing down) on a cookie sheet. If the bacon begins to unwrap, secure with a toothpick. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the bacon looks crispy on all sides. Serves about 10. Leftovers are decedent for breakfast.
* Stuff the dates with goat cheese, crushed walnuts, and rosemary for another tasty take on this awesome app!