No, they aren’t scarabs! (WTSIM… #5) – they’re stuffed dates!!

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recipe: stuffed dates (dates stuffed with pecans and wrapped in bacon then grilled)

Waiter, there’s something in my… dates!

Jeanne (Cook Sister!) only just recently announced this month’s WTSIM theme. I considered punishing her tardiness by submitting stuffed banana muffins. But the WTSIM rulers are quite rigid and I’m pretty sure that instead of adding my renegade post to the roundup, they’d tell me to, well… not to put too fine a point on it… get stuffed.

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stuffed dates Besides, just the other day, at one of the first garden parties of the season, this month’s WTSIM… post subject fell right into my hands! And most delicious it was too. Unless you’d tasted them, you can’t imagine how fabulous they were. And they have the added advantage of being dead easy to make.

I admit it (so did the hostess); they look like scarabs. Don’t be put off by the looks. Grab a toothpick and taste one. Or two. Or three. Go on… I know you want to: horde them all to yourself.

Here’s what I did to reproduce these wonderful hors d’oeuvres:

stuffed dates wrapped in bacon

  • pitted dates
  • whole pecans
  • bacon slices, cut in half


  1. Push pecans into the holes where the pits were in the dates. (I used cooking dates.)
  2. Wrap each stuffed date in half a slice of bacon.
  3. Fry til golden and crispy, turning as needed to ensure that they are golden all over.

Serve either hot or at room temperature.

Did I say that bacon-wrapped stuffed dates were dead easy to make? I’m afraid I lied. Turning them in the frying pan was a bit tricky. Next time, I plan to broil the wrapped stuffed dates.

Even so, they were definitely worth the effort. Hmmm, I wonder if we have any bacon left….

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with myself that not only have I managed to post on time, but I am early(!!) for this month’s


In the May WTSIM… guidelines, Jeanne wrote:

[Y]our theme is stuffed fruit or vegetables. Want to scoop the insides out of a cherry tomato and fill it with pate? Have you always had a yen to make baked apples stuffed with dried fruit? Maybe an aubergine with its flesh scooped out and mixed with couscous takes your fancy? You’ve come to the right place! Sweet or savoury, the choice is once again yours – but the fruit or vegetable must be stuffed, not merely coated with a topping or sauce.

The deadline for WTSIM… stuffed fruit/vegetables! is Tuesday 29 May, 2007. If you would like to participate, please read the following for more information:

Edit 1 June 2007: Jeanne is unprecedentedly early (it must be a disease!) and has already posted the roundup! Read about the delicious stuffings others made:

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