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 Wrapped Date Bites
- 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)