Phil loves anything wrapped or stuffed with bacon. These delicious little bites are right up his alley! We had these at a restaurant and were eager to try them at home. Turns out, they couldn’t be easier! This is a great make-ahead appetizer to pop in the oven once guests arrive. I’ve made them three times and our guests always love them! I buy the dates that have already been pitted to save some time, but by all means pit them yourself if you are feeling fancy. The dates I’ve bought are pitted and sliced on one side (versus a hole in the top from where the pit was removed). Again, this is a time saver since you will not need to slice halfway through each date before stuffing.
I use a small spoon (my 4 year old’s silverware) to stuff as much goat cheese as I can into each date. Once they are all stuffed, I cut a bacon slice into thirds, then wrap around each date and stick a toothpick in it to hold the bacon. It is best to use a regular or thinner cut of bacon, as the thick cut is more difficult to wrap and may not get as crisp.
Then, just bake for around 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, and rotate them to one side and bake for another 5-8 minutes. Then flip to the other side and bake for another 5-8 minutes. This helps the bacon on the bottom and sides cook more evenly. Enjoy!
- 24 pitted dates
- 8 slices of bacon
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 2. Using a small spoon, stuff goat cheese into the sliced date and place on the baking sheet.
- 3. Cut the bacon slices in thirds, then wrap each third a slice of bacon around the stuffed date.
- 4. Stick a toothpick in to keep the bacon from falling off.
- 5. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate dates to one side and bake another 5-8 minutes. Rotate dates to opposite side and bake for another 5-8 minutes.