Biaggi’s Bacon Wrapped Dates
18 slices hickory smoked bacon
36 dates, whole
½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon slices on the foil. Place in the oven until 75% cooked (approximately 12-14 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool - keep the oven on at 400°.
Slice the bacon in half and wrap each date with a half piece 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 boil over medium heat. Pour into dish or pan with the wrapped dates and bake in oven for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the wrapped dates and place on a serving dish or cast iron skillet. Pour the sauce over the wrapped dates – serve and enjoy.