After two consecutive healthy posts, I think it’s high time we had some more bacon around here. So this is my absolute favorite appetizer to cook up for a dinner party: blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. If you want to really make it amazing, you can even make a balsamic reduction to drizzle over it, but I almost never actually get around to that, and these are fantastic as they are. They don’t do as well cold, though, so you can prep them ahead of time but need to bake them just before you serve them.
All you need is some pitted dates (not chopped. that was just a mistake on my part I didn’t realize until right after I started making them), a package of bacon, and some blue cheese. Crumbled, not, it doesn’t matter. If you want to double this recipe, one 5 oz container of blue cheese still gives you enough cheese for 2 8oz packages of dates and 2 lbs of bacon.
First, take a pitted date and pry it open.
Next, stuff it with a chunk of blue cheese.
Then press the ends together to seal it back up.
Take a half a slice of bacon, and wrap it around the date. Repeat until out of bacon. I find one package of dates (yes, even though I had two there, accidentally) will have 3-4 dates extra given a standard package of bacon, cut in half.
Bake at 375 until the bacon is crispy, about 20 minutes.
Bacon and blue cheese... mmm...
- 1 package pitted dates 8 oz
- 1 container crumbled blue cheese or higher quality like Point Reyes, about 2.5 oz
- 1 lb bacon I used maple bacon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or place some kind of rack on one. Pry open each date. Stuff the middle of each date with blue cheese and piece the halves back together.
Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap each date with the strips of bacon and place onto the baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Once all of the dates are wrapped place the baking sheet onto one of the upper racks in the oven and bake until the bacon is crispy (about 20 minutes). Be sure to check periodically. Remove the dates from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction if you feel especially industrious.