Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Sweet and savory bacon-wrapped dates make a delicious appetizer. Contrasting flavours combine for a perfect bite!
These sweet little treats are easy to put together but look like a classy appetizer. You will hear some oo and ah sounds when they are ready to eat. Believe me! ! Because, bacon, be sure to try the Bacon-Rolled Asparagus Skewers, Bacon Ranch Balls, and Bacon-Rolled Potatoes.
An unusual combination, but delicious! !
Salty and sweet is a great idea! Crispy and salty bacon complements the soft sweet date center for a perfect bite. I mean seriously, isn’t bacon better than everything? !
These would make a great appetizer for any party or gathering. Not only do they look great and are very pretty, but they are easy to eat and delicious.
For something extra, try adding goat cheese to the mixture. It adds a whole new layer of flavor, but the original is perfect on its own!
all about dates
Dates were not the fruit I would normally use until I found out I had two producing date trees. In fact, I can’t recall actually eating one before. Now that I’ve tasted sweet, caramelized, and nutty fruits, I find myself looking for ways to incorporate them into my cooking.
If you’re not lucky enough to own date trees, you can find them in the produce section of the market.
Medjool or Deglet dates are good choices. Look for sensual dates. They should be shiny and wrinkle-free. They should not be hard or have sugary crystals.
Fresh dates can be stored at room temperature for up to 14 days.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates
Prepare. Preheat oven to 350
bacon. Cut the bacon in half or thirds depending on the length of the bacon and the size of the date.
thing. Cut the dates lengthwise along one side and remove the seeds. Spoon a small amount of goat cheese into the dates.
gather. Wrap the bacon around the stuffed dates and run a toothpick through the dates to stick them together.
bake. Place one side on a lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, then flip the dates to the other side and bake another 10 minutes or so.
Serve. Serve immediately.
how many: When planning how many appetizers to make, keep the following in mind:
- If you will be having dinner later in the evening, you only need to serve 5-6 appetizers per person.
- If you’re hosting a cocktail party and only serve finger food, plan for 12 appetizers per person.
- In either case, you will have more than one appetizer option, so you only need about 3-4 appetizers per person for each option.
I think the goat cheese filling is absolutely delicious. If you don’t like goat cheese, you can easily use other cheeses such as feta, ricotta, mascarpone, Asiago, smoked cheddar, gouda or blue cheese.
You can add another element of flavor and texture by centering an almond or half a pecan with the cheese.
You can also skip the stuffing dates entirely and just remove the core and wrap the dates in bacon for a delicious sweet/savory snack.
lead + leftovers
do it in advance: Best straight from the oven, but you can prepare it a day ahead. Once you’ve secured the bacon in place with a toothpick, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, spread them out on a baking sheet and cook as directed. You may need to add a few more minutes due to chilling in the refrigerator.
leftovers: If you have leftover bacon wrapped dates, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Reheat in oven set to 350°F for 6-8 minutes or until date is hot. You can crisp them under the broiler, but be careful as they can burn quickly.
For a more delicious appetizer, try:
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Serving Size 24
Calories 63 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 24 days
- 4 ounces goat cheese or cream cheese
- 8-12 slices bacon
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut the bacon in half or thirds depending on the length of the bacon and the size of the date.
Cut the dates lengthwise along one side and remove the seeds. (You don’t want to cut the whole date to the side.) Using a spoon, tuck a small amount of goat cheese into the dates.
Wrap the bacon around the stuffed dates, then run a toothpick through the bacon and dates to stick it together.
Place them on the side on a lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Flip the dates to the other side and roast for another 10 minutes or so.