Appetizers are sometimes needed at the drop of a hat. You want to have impressive apps that are easy to make, delicious, but also easy to eat. Plus, if they are easy to transport that is always a major bonus. When I am ever in doubt of what to bring to a party or to serve as nibbles when people come around these Bacon wrapped Dates are my go to recipe.
They take just a few mins of prep work to put together, pop them into the oven and you are ready for deliciousness. The sweetness from the brown sugar and dates against the smoke of the bacon and the tanginess of the goat cheese is the perfect combo! These will be a winner at any party.
Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Dates
Servings: 30 Dates
Oven Temp: 350F
10 Strips of Bacon, cut each strip in thirds
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
4 oz. Goat Cheese (if you aren’t a fan use cream cheese)
30 Dates, pitted with a slit in them
Grab your bacon strips and slice each one in thirds so you end up with 30 sections of bacon.
Turn your oven on to 350F. If you are lucky enough to find dates, fresh ones not dried, that are pitted already, grab them! If not make a small slit down the middle of the dates and pop out the seed.
Once you have popped out the seeds, grab just a small section (maybe ½ tsp) of goat cheese and fill the center with the goat cheese. Complete that step with all 30 dates so they are filled with the goat cheese.
Once all the dates are filled, you will want to place the brown sugar on a plate. Grab you bacon and lay it in the brown sugar. Flip it over so that both sides of the bacon is covered is brown sugar.
Grab one of your filled dates and place it on one end of your brown sugar bacon. Roll the date up in the bacon and once you get near the end pierce the toothpick through the bacon and date to hold it all together.
Once you have done that for all 30 place them on two foil lined baking trays. Place in the oven.
Bake for the first 15 mins then pull them out and flip the dates over. The bacon cooks much more even when you flip halfway through.
Then place them back in the over for another 10 mins or until they are a beautiful dark golden brown. Take them out of the oven and let them rest for about 15 mins. Do not eat right out of the oven they are wayyy to hot, learn from my mistakes.
And as simple as that you have a wonderful appetizer. Easy to just place on the plate and serve or pack up in Tupperwear to head out to a party.
Freezer Tip: These are super easy to freeze if you make them in advance for a party or have some left over. You can either store them in an airtight Ziploc bag or a smaller Tupperwear. Then when you want to eat them, pop them in the microwave or oven for just a mins or two.