Ciruelas con Tocineta (Prunes Wrapped with Bacon)

by Erica Dinho on December 13, 2010

Ciruelas con Tocineta

These Ciruelas con Tocineta are a popular appetizer in Colombia and are a staple at my family parties. They are decadent and irresistible and they would pair well with a welcoming glass of sparkling wine.

I have no self control around this appetizer. If you put a platter with a dozen of them in front of me, I would eat the whole thing :-) It is an easy, simple, beautiful and delicious appetizer idea for the holidays!

Buen provecho!



(24 servings)

  • 24 large pitted prunes
  • 8 slices bacon cut crosswise into thirds
  • 24 toothpicks


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wrap one piece of bacon around each prune and secure bacon with a toothpick.
  3. Arrange prunes, bacon seam down and 1 inch apart, in a baking pan.
  4. Bake 5 minutes, then turn prunes over with tongs and bake until bacon is crispy to your taste, 5 to 6 minutes more. Drain on a paper towel. Serve on a platter.
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia December 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM

They are delicious…I remember having them en Venezuela weddings!!!
Saludos desde Austin, Texas!


2 A Canadian Foodie December 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I do something very similar that is a staple at all of my parties, too. I stuff medjool dates with a sharp cheese (usually Imperial Cheddar) and wrap with bacon. I call them “Man Candy” and they are always the rage!


3 Velva December 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM

A sweet and salty flavor combination-Yum!!!!

Happy Holidays Erica!


4 Kim December 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I tried fresh dates for the first time last year and just love them. I can only imagine how wonderful they are wrapped in bacon.


5 Faith December 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I love the sweet and savory combo and the smokiness from the bacon makes this combo even better! Great appetizer, Erica!


6 norma December 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Erica: Anything with bacon is a dream…great picture!


7 Oysterculture December 13, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Given that I think most of your recipes should come with a warning that the person is guaranteed to loose self control, I am grateful for the notice. They look delightful.


8 Victor @ Random Cuisine December 13, 2010 at 11:01 PM

I’m used to bacon-dates-parmesan…I never though of using prunes, sounds delicious. Great job Erica!


9 grace December 14, 2010 at 1:27 AM

you’ve just found the secret to making prunes appealing!


10 Mari's Cakes December 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Looks delicious and it is very easy to make. It will be a hit at home.

Un saludo


11 Mely (Mexico in my kitchen) December 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Easy and tasty. These are a great hit with everyone when served as appetizers. I forgot about them. Thank you for posting about it.



12 Erica December 16, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Thank you guys!


13 tasteofbeirut December 17, 2010 at 10:43 PM

These look like they would be hard to resist! but hey, they are so good so what is wrong with that?


14 Anonymous December 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I couldn’t believe how easy this was and super tasty!!!


15 Peter November 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Erica, I’m a newcomer to your site, but as someone with quite a number of Colombian friends, I’m eager to try some of your recipes. Have you ever heard of this recipe being called ‘Devils on Horseback’. It’s pretty popular in English pubs here in New York City. If you’re ever in the city, give them a go at a wonderful upscale pub/restaurant called ‘The Spotted Pig’ as it’s one of their specialities. Enjoy Erica and thank you for creating this wonderful site!


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