Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates
The ULTIMATE Sweet & Salty combo!
Perfect lil’ holiday appetizers that’ll dissappear quick!
These are really easy and fun to make, so get the kids in the kitchen to help!
Any soft cheese works here:
Goat cheese, gorgonzola, blue cheese, organic cream cheese etc. Use your favorite.
We eat bacon a few times each month at our house because it’s something we (REALLY) enjoy!
About the Bacon:
There are many high quality bacon options available these days. Look for nitrate-free, and humanly raised if possible. Always read the ingredients so you know what you’re really buying.
On occasion we do enjoy a creamy baked treat using REAL cream cheese at our house.
This might only happen a handful of times each year…but we sure do enjoy it!
My favorite brand of cream cheese is pasture raised “Organic Valley”.
I haven’t tried making a dairy free version of this particular recipe, as everyone in my family does enjoy dairy in moderation.
If you have a dairy free suggestion will you leave it below in the comments to help out our strictly dairy-free #Crushers, pretty please? We’re aware that dairy allergies and intolerances are a very real thing for many.
Let us know how your family likes this recipe throughout the holidays.
Makes about 6 servings
- 3.5 oz goat cheese, or any soft cheese
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 12 medjool dates
- 6 thin-cut strips of nitrate-free bacon, cut in half to create 12 pieces
- freshly chopped chives, to garnish
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together the cheese with the garlic salt.
Cut a lengthwise slit in the dates and open them up, then remove and discard the pit.
Stuff each date with about 2 teaspoons of your cheese mixture. Pinch the dates to close.
Now wrap each date with a bacon strip as shown.
Place all the dates onto your prepared sheet as shown and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is browned and crispy; Turning the dates halfway through to ensure even browning.
Serve your bacon wrapped dates warm or at room temperature, garnished with chopped chives and freshly ground black pepper.