Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

One of my favorite restaurants in the entire world is conveniently located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mas Tapas has awesome sangria, fun margaritas, and some of the best food I've ever eaten; and because it's a tapas place, it's mostly Paleo without even trying.

Since I no longer call Charlottesville "home," I have been trying to re-create some of my favorite dishes from Mas' menu. I'm almost there with a goat cheese and artichoke dip, but it still needs work. The bacon-wrapped dates, however, I hit out of the park on my first attempt (if I do say so myself).

This is one of the easier and still most delicious things you could probably ever make. You don't have to do anything to either of the ingredients, because both ingredients are inherently perfect.

As many dates as you want.
As much bacon as you want.

1. Wrap a date in about half a piece of bacon.
2. Slide it onto a skewer. Be careful--don't get a splinter!
3. Repeat. I think three little bacon-wrapped dates on one skewer is perfect.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until bacon is cooked through and the whole bite is caramelized.

They're going to be really super hot, so give them a second to cool if you can. If not, just enjoy with caution! They're best when still quite warm. I like to wave them around like a magic wand and then just dig in.