Bacon-Wrapped Walnut Dates

Bacon-Wrapped Walnut Dates

Impress your guests with this fancy 3-ingredient appetizer! Sweet dates are stuffed with walnuts and wrapped in savory bacon for a satisfying bite. Prepare the dates ahead of time and pop them in the microwave for an easy appetizer in minutes — now thats a time-saver worth celebrating!

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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

6 mins

Free Time

to polish the champagne flutes



  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 strips center cut bacon, cut in half lengthwise
  • 6 whole walnuts (optional)


  • ¼ cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Make the sauce: Mix the mustard, honey and cayenne (if using) in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Gently split dates with your fingers to make an opening and press walnuts inside. Close the dates and wrap with half a strip of bacon. Set the dates seam-side down into the Anyday Dish.
  3. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Note: The bacon will crisp up as it cools — do not overcook! 
  4. Serve immediately with mustard sauce.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute walnuts for cashews, Brazil nuts, or cooked sausage.
  • Easily prepare this appetizer in advance. Keep the Bacon-Wrapped Dates in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.