Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates: A Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion

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Bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are a delicious and elegant appetizer that will impress your guests. These sweet and savory bites combine the rich flavor of Medjool dates with creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and crisp bacon. The addition of honey adds a delightful touch of sweetness that perfectly balances the savory elements. This recipe is quick and easy, making it ideal for parties, gatherings, or any occasion where you want to serve something special.

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates: A Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates Ingredients and Preparation

To make these appetizers, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 24 large whole Medjool dates
  • 6 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup blanched almonds, slivered
  • 3 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped, for garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F and placing the top oven rack in the center position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat to prevent sticking and ensure easy cleanup.

Preparing the Dates and Filling

Start by pitting the dates. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut a slit down one side of each date and remove the pits. Discard the pits and set the pitted dates aside.

Next, prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, slivered almonds, and two tablespoons of honey. Stir until the mixture is well combined. This filling is what makes each bite creamy and flavorful, with a satisfying crunch from the almonds.

Stuffing and Wrapping the Dates

Fill each pitted date with some of the goat cheese mixture. Gently squeeze the dates closed to keep the filling inside. This step ensures that the filling stays in place during baking and allows the flavors to meld together.

Place a half slice of bacon on a clean work surface and position a stuffed date on top. Roll the bacon around the date until it is fully wrapped. Secure the bacon with a toothpick to hold it together. Repeat this process for all the dates.

Baking and Serving

Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are evenly spaced. Place the sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. To ensure the bacon cooks evenly, flip the dates two or three times with tongs during the cooking process.

Once the bacon is crisp and the dates are heated through, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Drizzle the remaining honey over the dates for an added touch of sweetness. If desired, garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor.

Enjoying Your Appetizers

Serve the bacon-wrapped stuffed dates immediately while they are still warm. These appetizers are sure to be a hit, offering a delightful combination of textures and flavors in every bite. The creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, sweet dates, and savory bacon create a harmonious blend that will leave your guests asking for more.

Feel free to double or triple this recipe if you’re hosting a larger gathering. These appetizers are so delicious that they’ll disappear quickly, and you’ll want to ensure you have plenty on hand. Enjoy your bacon-wrapped stuffed dates and the compliments from your guests!

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates: A Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion

Recipe by Easy Clean RecipesCourse: AppetizersDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 large whole Medjool dates 

  • 6 oz. goat cheese, room temperature

  • ½ c. blanched almonds, slivered

  • 3 T. honey, divided

  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half

  • Optional: 1 T. fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped, for garnish

Directions

  • Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat and set aside.
  • Pit the dates by carefully cutting a slit down one side with a sharp knife. Remove pits and discard. Set aside.
  • Add goat cheese, almonds, and two tablespoons honey to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Fill each pitted date with some of the goat cheese mixture and gently squeeze closed. Set aside.
  • Place one-half slice of bacon on a clean work surface with a stuffed date on top. Roll until the date is wrapped in the bacon and secure with a toothpick to hold together.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining bacon and stuffed dates.
  • Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the prepared baking sheet and place in the pre-heated oven. Bake until the bacon is evenly cooked, and the dates are heated through, approximately 20-25 minutes. Flip the dates two or three times with tongs while cooking to ensure even results.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining honey and garnish with the fresh parsley, if using, and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Serve this before having my Tuscan Pork Chops or Pork Scallopini

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