Until about a month ago, admittedly for no reason in particular, I didn’t really get dates. I mean, they look pretty weird right? No, just me? Okay then. Well of course, like all good discoveries these days, I started seeing these prune-looking fruits popping up all over Pinterest. Supposedly they can substitute for chocolate (sold!), satisfy any sweet craving and are actually good for you. Let’s be honest, I still wasn’t convinced. But when I saw a pack on incredible discount at my grocery store I decided to take the plunge and, oh man… what have I been missing?
Since we’re being honest here, I’ll admit that my rice cooker was 3rd on my list for how to perfect this perfect sweet and salty app. I say this with much regret as I realized how perfect steaming was for a dish like this. But luckily for you, I made the mistake and now we can all indulge in the easiest and best bacon-wrapped dates from this point forward. The reason steaming these dates in your rice cooker is so much better than any other methods is because you don’t have to worry about your bacon shrinking or burning. Bacon-wrapped things are supposed to be salty and meaty, not crunchy, which is difficult to attain when wrapped around such a tiny package and cooked in an oven. These bites might sound a bit strange but yield the perfect blend of salty and sweet flavors with meaty and gooey textures.
1 dozen dates, pitted
4 slices bacon
Line your Steam Tray with foil. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each date with 1/3 slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Place dates seam side down in your tray and set to Steam for 12 minutes.
Let cool slightly and serve warm. Enjoy!
Tip: Since their ooey-gooey texture hardens up once cooled, these dates are best served warm. Put your rice cooker’s Keep-Warm setting to good use and serve this app in its perfectly gooey state throughout any dinner party… or afternoon binge of bacon-wrapped dates 🙂
Over to You
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