Man, oh man, oh man! If that title didn’t suck you right in, the taste of these amazing, hand-held, sweet & savory appetizers certainly will!
SO incredibly delicious and so stinking easy.
All you need are 3 simple ingredients:
- Pitted Medjool Dates*
- Softened Goat Cheese
*Note on the dates- I do believe that Medjool or Persian dates are larger and chewier than California dates, and I think they have more flavor and produce a tastier appetizer. Also, look for already split and pitted dates for easier assembly.
So, here we go! Just a few minutes and a little bit of prep away from cheesy, sweet, bacon wrapped bliss!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Line a rimmed baking sheet or flat cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for even-easier clean-up!
Stuff the opening of each pitted date with softened goat cheese, press lightly with your fingers to “close”, and then wrap each date in 1/2 slice of bacon.
You can choose to secure these little bundles with a toothpick, or like I do, just place them seam side down on the baking sheet, and as the bacon bakes and crisps, they will form a seal.
Place the dates in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crisp. Allow to rest on the baking sheet or baking pan for an additional 10-15 minutes before placing them on a serving plate. They will be very, very hot otherwise and the cheese in the center is gooey and molten.
They are also excellent served at room temperature, but I must admit, I can’t get enough when they are still warm from the oven.
The flavor combination is unlike anything! Salty, sweet, chewy, and of course- the BACON! I promise you will not able to eat just one.
And, the good news is, you can make as many as you need- ideal for small, intimate dinner parties, tailgates, cocktail parties, and even for a fancy family holiday.
For even easier entertaining, just assemble, arrange on the baking sheet, wrap with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days ahead of your party. Approximately an hour before guests arrive, bake as directed and allow to cool slightly. Then, when guests arrive, they are perfect for serving!
I know you are going to love this one…
And when you make them, and I am convinced that you should, would you please invite me over?!?