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Party Food Date Rumaki

rumaki.jpg Date Rumaki is a staple at all of my parties now.  I have said it before, if I don’t serve rumaki, I really think my friends will revolt and not come.  It is a must and my friends expect it now.  That’s perfectly ok with me – I love that my friends feel they can count on me to give a good party!
I grew up enjoying date rumaki at parties. My mom and all of her friends served them so I just assumed everybody knew about them. It must have been just the moms in our neighborhood because not a single one of my friends had ever had one or even heard of them until I started serving them. I am not kidding when I say I have to serve these! I have a couple friends who call me before a party just to make sure we are having rumaki. They are absolutely the perfect party food. They’re sweet, salty, savory, bite sized, and just plain yummy!
They are really easy to make but they do take a bit of time. I suggest making them the night before and putting them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bake about 30 mins before the party starts.
Date Rumaki - The perfect party food

Date Rumaki - The perfect party food

Yield: 24 pieces of Rumaki
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 12 oz pitted dates, 1 box
  • 10 oz green olives with pimientos
  • 1 lb of bacon, uncooked strips
  • Toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees
  2. Take the bacon out of the package and cut each slice in half
  3. Slice dates down one side (remove pit if necessary) and place a green olive in the date
  4. Wrap a slice of bacon around the date, placing toothpick through bacon, date, and olive so it stays in place
  5. Place bundles on a cookie sheet lined with foil (sprayed with cooking oil) and bake for 30 minutes or until the bacon is slightly crispy. If bacon doesn't look cooked or crispy cook for another 5 minutes. Cook in 5 minute increments until done.
  6. Place rumaki on a pretty serving platter and serve hot if possible but they taste good no matter what!
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 12mgSodium 309mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 3g

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