After a friend’s wedding, I became a little obsessed with one of the appetizers: bacon wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates. Oh my god, when I first had one during the cocktail hour I nearly melted from happiness.
A couple of my friends shared in the tastebud-pleasing, mouthwatering little snack that packs a punch. I had to remake it. End of story. I did have to doublecheck with the bride if it was blue cheese the dates were stuffed with or goat cheese. And it was blue. Yum yum nummy yum.
I served the dates at my first strategy board game night and they were awesome.
– 8 oz. pitted dates
– a container of crumbled blue cheese
– a package of bacon
– plus toothpicks
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
I highly suggest lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil and also using a cooling rack to keep the dates from sitting in the bacon grease as they cook. It saved me a lot of clean up too!
Take your package of bacon and cut it in half and then cut it in half again. I found that using a quarter of bacon was better than a half strip of bacon. Because of the size of the dates, a half strip of bacon wrapped around twice. I was afraid that the bacon wouldn’t cook through. But a quarter slice of bacon might not stay put depending on your toothpick sticking skills. So… it depends on how you feel about it.
Make sure your dates are pitted. Also, make sure you don’t grab prunes by mistake. The packaging was almost the same. If you’re not sure where to find the dates, they’re sold near the cranberries and raisins.
The dates have a little hole near their end. Butterfly the dates, don’t cut them all the way in half.
Shove a few pieces of the crumbled blue cheese into the date and then close it again.
It’s easiest to cut and stuff all the dates before wrapping them with the bacon. The dates are a bit sticky and the cheese will melt a bit in your hands. So you’ll probably want to wash your hands before starting the next step.
If you have a helper available, I would definitely suggest employing them as a toothpick inspector and hander. I didn’t want to touch the toothpick box with bacon hands. You could probably use a paper plate to separate the toothpicks too.
Wrap the bacon around the dates and then secure with a toothpick. Once you get through all of them, stick the baking sheet in the oven for 40 minutes. At 20 minutes, flip the dates over.
After 40 minutes, the bacon should be crispy, the dates should darken a bit and the cheese should be melty. It’s absolutely yummy. Sweet and salty at the same time. The entire pan was gone by the end of the night. Some of the bacon ended up unwrapping from the date, but it’s still a tasty bite of food on a toothpick.