Your Date with Bacon
These 3 ingredient appetizers take 10 minutes to prep (you could stop here and throw in fridge until ready to put in oven) and 20 - 25 minutes to cook. Served with Butterscotch Chocolate Chip scones that have been cut into thirds or smaller before baking, you can serve a full bodied beer or velvety red wine to keep the guests singing your praises. Hostess with the "most-est"...check!
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
Author: Pinch of Yum
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20-25 mins Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 (2 dates per serving)
A quick to prepare, easy 3-ingredient appetizer that will blow your mind!
Enjoy with a crowd of friends!
8 slices bacon (Thin bacon works best)
4 ounces goat cheese
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit if necessary.
Using a spoon or small butter knife, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
Cut the bacon slices in half, short-wise*. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Arrange evenly on a foil wrapped baking sheet with raised edges and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one over. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking. You can turn the dates to the other side and repeat if you want it more browned. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
For crispier, browned bacon, set the oven temperature at 375˚F.
* Your bacon pieces will wrap around the dates 1.5 times. If it’s wrapping more than that, trim your bacon slices so they’re a little shorter. If that bacon layer is too thick, it won’t cook.
Keep leftovers in the fridge.
Plate up your sweet, creamy bacon wrapped dates and the hot scones and watch out...they'll be gone before your hand lets go of the plate.