In light of the Superbowl, I thought I would post a few appetizers. I absolutely LOVE Cafe Vino in Fort Collins and they serve the greatest Bacon-Wrapped Dates ever. I went home and tried to mimic them, minus the goat cheese, and they turned out great. I make a Balsamic reduction to go over the top of them, but it isn't necessary...they are yum without it.
6 slices bacon, cut into thirds (I used thick-cut)
18 pitted dates (buy good quality, fresh dates, like Medjool's from Sprouts)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Wrap each pitted date with 1/3 slice of bacon and "pin" with toothpick. Arrange on baking sheet and bake until bacon is cooked; about 20 minutes.
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP raw, unfiltered honey
Combine vinegar and honey in small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until vinegar starts to boil. Stir constantly until vinegar reduces and you are left with a thicker sauce (about 5 mins). Pour over bacon-wrapped dates.