Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

This weekend, my mom & dad made the 400-mile trek (all the way from Illinois!) to visit. Usually, when they come, we spend the weekend working on house projects. (Oh the joy of home ownership...) But, this time, we decided to leave the tools behind and have FUN! We headed over to Cleveland to sight see and visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was totally a blast.   Typically, when we have visitors, I like to 'wow' them with some tasty eats. Dates are one of my mom's favorite foods, so I set out to find a recipe that highlighted them. And so we have... Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates! (Because everything's better with bacon, hehe...)  

  Sweet, chewy dates are filled with two different fillings - tangy goat cheese or a mixture of crunchy pistachios, dried apricots & cranberries, and gorgonzola cheese. The whole she-bang is then wrapped in bacon, and then baked until crisp. These little bites are seriously irresistible! Crispy, chewy, & creamy, it's all about the texture. We couldn't stop popping them into our mouths!   First, start with the dates. You can find them in the dried fruit aisle, near the raisins.     Cut a slit across the top of each one, and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.     For the goat cheese-stuffed dates, simply place goat cheese in a ziploc bag, and microwave for 10-15 seconds until smooth. Cut the corner off the bag, and pipe a bit of cheese into each date.     For pistachio-gorgonzola-stuffed dates, combine chopped pistachios, diced dried apricots, dried cranberries, and gorgonzola cheese in a bowl. Spoon a bit of the mixture into each date.  

Once all the dates are stuffed, it's bacon-wrapping time! I absolutely love the Chief Smokehouse pepper bacon; since I discovered it, it's the only type I will buy. So good! Cut the bacon into thirds, and wrap a piece around each date. Secure with a toothpick.     Pop into the oven for 20-30 minutes at 375*F until the bacon is crisp.     These would make the a wonderful holiday appetizer! I'm thinking they might appear at our next friends get together.  


Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

Servings/Yield: 40-50 appetizers
  • 40-50 pitted dates
  • goat cheese
  • chopped pistachios
  • diced dried apricots
  • dried cranberries
  • gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 lb. bacon, cut into thirds
  • toothpicks
Method Preheat oven to 375*F. Cut a slit in each date. Place on a parchment-lined or foil-lined baking sheet. For goat cheese-stuffed dates, place goat cheese in a ziploc bag; microwave 15-20 seconds until smooth. Cut off the corner of the bag; squeeze goat cheese into each date. For pistachio-gorgonzola-stuffed dates, combine chopped pistachios, dried apricots, dried cranberries, and gorgonzola cheese. Stuff into slit dates. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon (cut into thirds.) Secure with a toothpick and place on baking sheet. Bake at 375*F 20-30 minutes until bacon is crispy. Remove to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve warm or at room temperature. Source: adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

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