Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

So the Patriots lost. I’m pretty darn sad.

The game was rigged…or something.

Anyway. Even though the Pats lost, I enjoyed the game (for the most part), the company and the food at the Super Bowl party M and I attended.

I made two delicious dishes to share with my friends, the first of which I’m sharing with YOU right now!

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with the Cheese of a Goat

Ingredients:

1 lb bacon (uncured, nitrate, nitrite free)

~36 dates, pitted

2 oz goat cheese (about 1/2 a package)

I’ve wrapped many-a-thing in bacon before, but never dates.Ā  This recipe had been floating around my head for a while. I probably saw it on the internet somewhere…it’s not like it’s a super original recipe.

The first thing I did was cut the bacon in half– the dates were pretty small, so 1/2 a strip of bacon was plenty to cover them completely.

I sliced each date in half lengthwise and filled with goat cheese,

then wrapped the dates in bacon and placed on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

I baked them for 30 minutes at 350 F — until the bacon was crispy.

These were so good that I forgot to take a picture of them on a plate. They basically went from the pan into people’s mouths.

The dates were a little sweet for my tastes (I might be crazy, I know.). I’m wondering what this recipe would taste like with figs…or if it would work with another dried fruit…

Have you ever made bacon wrapped dates and/or bacon wrapped other dried fruit? How did the recipe come out?

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5 Responses to Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

  1. Dan @ Essentials of Nutrition February 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM #

    My wife made bacon wrapped dates for our Christmas party and they we’re a huge hit! (She almost burned down the house in preparing them, but that’s another story. “Extinguisher works!”)

    Adding goat cheese may take these from talked-about to legendary.

    • Allison February 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

      Ha! That must be a hilarious story! Hopefully the goat cheese attempt won’t require an extinguisher…

      • Dan @ Essentials of Nutrition February 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM #

        Hopefully not. The lesson from the experience can be summed up as “When you discover your smoke detector doesn’t work, it’s quite crucial to learn your fire extinguisher does…”

  2. Jade February 7, 2012 at 1:01 AM #

    Next time, try skipping the cheese and use spicy sausage instead…. Sarah Fragoso referred to these as meat candy. So rich and sinful! They were so rich we couldn’t eat the 40 that I made….. Mmmmmm leftovers! These were a huge hit at our Superbowl party. And as hubs has been a Giants fan for over 25 years, it was a great day! šŸ™‚

    • Allison February 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM #

      OoooOOOOOooo! I would never have thought that sausage, dates and bacon would be a tasty combo. Thanks so much for sharing this. These sound so good that I’ll forgive you for being a Giant’s fan šŸ˜‰

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