06/22/17

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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
  • Bacon

*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.

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 easy clean-up!

Stuff the opening of each pitted date with softened goat cheese and then wrap each date in 1/2 slice of bacon.

You can choose to secure 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 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.

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!

 Delicious!

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?!?

xoxo…

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