Back in November, I tried the bacon-wrapped dates with goat cheese at Cali Kitchen for their Thanksgiving dinner, and for weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about that delicious appetiser. With it constantly on my mind, I looked online to see if there was a recipe, and I found one to try it out. Oh, my yum. I really enjoyed trying this recipe myself. I have to say that the hardest task was stuffing the goat cheese into the dates, but otherwise, it was fairly easy and fun to do. Mine came out less crispy because I’d wrapped too much bacon, but it still tasted great! The bacon and its saltiness complemented the sweet dates and the tangy goat cheese wonderfully. I served these at my family Christmas gathering, and everyone loved it. This recipe is a keeper!

Recipe

These make for great appetisers! Bacon, dates, and goat cheese? Yes, please!

Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bacon (thinner the better)
  • 16 pitted dates
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 16 toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put foil on a baking pan with raised edges.
  3. Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening.
  4. Stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the dates and close it.
  5. Cut the bacon slices in half and wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and flip the bacon-wrapped dates on the other side and bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking. Repeat until it’s brown to your preference.
  7. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel-lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  • For crispier bacon, set the oven temperature at 375 and bake longer.
  • It’s best if your bacon wraps around the dates 1.5 times. If it wraps more than that, then the bacon will take longer to cook.
  • Keep leftovers in the fridge.

Adapted from A Pinch of Yum.

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