It’s tailgating season and before we know it the holidays will be here! This recipe is perfect for both of these occasions. These babies are always a huge crowd pleaser and so simple to make! In fact my 8 year old is usually put in charge of assembling them for me. They are bite sized and packed with so much flavor that people keep coming back for more. Trust me!
Part of the beauty of this recipe is that it makes two dishes in one. However, feel free to omit the brussels sprouts if you’d like. When I’m making food for holiday parties I am always looking for ways to cut down my work load in the kitchen, save time, dishes, and save oven and stove space. This recipe does just that! AND you’re left with two awesome dishes to serve. BOOM!
The best part about this recipe is that it’s hard to screw up. You can get creative with it too and stuff them with anything that floats your boat. I will give you a few options but you are only limited by your creativity. Once you have the base recipe down, you can do your thang and run with it.
A Few Tips:
- The Brussels Sprouts turn out best if the pan is full. You really need the fat from the bacon to cook and flavor the sprouts. So be sure to use an appropriately sized pan for the amount your making.
- Be sure you’re using the highest quality bacon you can source. Meaning, uncured, nitrate/nitrite free, and preferably organic, pastured. Toxins from animals are stored in their fats. Since bacon is a fatty cut of meat, if you’re using conventional bacon it is loaded with all the toxins from a non-organic pig.
- If you’re not a fan of brussels sprouts, feel free to swap them out for another veggie like shredded cabbage lining the tray. Asparagus would be great too, but it takes less time to cook so add halfway through the cooking of the dates.
- Another variation is to wrap the dates in a quartered, seeded, jalapeño, then wrap in bacon. Not digging the spice? Use mini bell peppers!
- Medjool dates are a larger variety of dates than the deglet noor dates I call for in the recipe. So if you use them you will get much bigger pieces to serve. Make sure to cut the bacon in half not thirds if you use this variety.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Roast Brussels Sprouts
-1 package, uncured bacon
-deglet noor dates (about 30)
-1 package fresh brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
-all purpose seasoning
-Fillings of choice: ground pork sausage (raw), goat cheese, dairy & soy free cream cheese, cashews
-*optional: jalapeños, quartered, seeds and ribs removed
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay brussels sprouts on baking sheet.
- Cut bacon into thirds or in half if wrapping dates in jalapeños too.
- Stuff dates with the filling of your choice.
- If using jalapeños place on stuffed date.
- Wrap stuffed dates in bacon and nestle between brussels sprouts.
- Spray the dates and Brussels Sprouts with avocado or coconut oil cooking spray and sprinkle generously with all purpose seasoning.
- Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Then increase heat to 375° and bake an additional 5-8 minutes until bacon has fully cooked.