Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

I know that when you think of party food, dates do not normally come to mind (unless you’re thinking of bringing someone as a date). But when you stuff something with cheese and then wrap it in bacon, there’s really no way you can go wrong. With these dates, the combination of sweet and salty is perfection and it couldn’t get any easier. Mix up goat cheese and cream cheese for the filling, and swaddle that baby in bacon. Serve them up and watch them disappear, turning skeptics into addicts.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Three years ago: Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts

GOAT CHEESE STUFFED BACON WRAPPED DATES

Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients:

4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

48 pitted medjool dates

24 slices of bacon, halved

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together the goat cheese and cream cheese.
  3. Cut a date lengthwise on one side, so that it becomes a little pouch. Repeat with remaining dates.
  4. Assemble by spooning the cheese mixture into each date. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon, so that the seam is on the bottom, and place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is cooked and crispy.

Source: Adapted slightly from She Knows.

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