Whisk together all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors marry.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Make a small slit, lengthwise, down the center of each date. Remove the pits and open the dates slightly leaving the bottom in tack. Remove the casing from the Italian sausage. Cut the slices of bacon in half making 12 shorter slices of bacon. Place a two teaspoons of the loose sausage in each of the opened dates. Close the date up and around the sausage. (it will not close completely leaving some of the sausage exposed.) Wrap the date in one of the halved slices of bacon and place on a baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the dates.
Bake the dates for 8 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and flip each of the dates. Return to the oven and bake for 8-10min more, or until the bacon is crisp. Serve warm along side the orange basil crèma.