Bacon Wrapped Dates Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes 18 slices hickory smoked bacon 36 dates, whole ½ cup balsamic vinegar Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes ¼ cup pinch 36 Servings: 36 pieces maple syrup salt & pepper toothpicks Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon slices on top of the foil. Place in the oven until 75% cooked (approximately 12 - 14 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle - keep the oven on at 400°. Cut bacon in half and wrap each date with a half slice of bacon - secure with a toothpick. Place wrapped dates in an oven-friendly dish or pan and set aside while preparing the sauce. Place balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour sauce into dish or pan with the wrapped dates and bake in oven for 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully place the wrapped dates on a serving dish or in a cast iron skillet. Pour the sauce over the wrapped dates. Serve immediately.
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