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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

bacon wrapped stuffed datesThis last frigidly, cold Saturday, Glenn and I decided to check in with a few friends at the last minute to see who was available (and brave enough) to trek to our home for a little gathering. Two couples, who were also in hibernating mode, decided a Saturday night spent with friends was a good idea…YAY!

bacon wrapped stuffed datesWe hadn’t seen these two couples since before the holidays. There was some catching up to do! Since this was a last minute gathering, we decided to feast on munchies, sip a few drinks, play some cards and then order out for pizza later in the evening.

bacon wrapped stuffed datesEveryone contributed to the “munchie meal”. These little stuffed dates were one of my contributions. These have been one of my go-to appetizers for the last six months or so.

They’re extremely easy to throw together and I normally have the ingredients on hand.

All that’s required is bacon, dried/pitted dates, raw almonds and cream cheese. Easy, right?

bacon wrapped stuffed datesThey are by no means fancy…yet, oh so flavorful. I love the smoky, crisp bacon paired with the sweet date. The addition of the cheese (ohhh so creamy from the oven) and the crunch of the almonds are, quite simply, an added bonus!

bacon wrapped stuffed dates   bacon wrapped stuffed dates

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

  • Servings: 24 dates
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

24 dried/pitted dates
8 slices bacon, sliced in thirds
24-48 raw almonds (depending on size, you’ll use 1-2 per date)
2 ounces cream cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to broil setting. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for ease of cleanup) and place a wire rack in baking sheet. Set aside.

Slice one side of each date (lengthwise) to create a pocket.

Using a butter knife, place about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese in each date (in the pocket).

Push 1 or 2 almonds into the cream cheese.

Wrap each date with a piece of bacon (1/3 of a slice) and secure with a toothpick.

Place the assembled dates on the rack lined baking sheet and place in the preheated (broil) oven.

Broil until top is crispy (5-8 minutes), then turn each date over to crisp the underside (about 3-5 minutes more).

Note: These can easily be made ahead of time (kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours) and reheated in a 375°F oven for about 8 minutes or so.

 

 

 

 

36 comments

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    • Great idea! If the snow piles would allow me to utilize the grill, I’d be trying that out right now… When spring has sprung, I’ll definitely test your theory… Thanks!

    • It’s a delicious and versatile appetizer, that’s for sure! It’s so interesting to hear everyone else’s choice of ingredients. Thanks for visiting, Liz. 🙂

  2. Mmmm, Nancy! These sound so awesome! This is a powerhouse of flavour in one bundle! I must try these the next time I have guests over – finger food is just the best! Great post! 😀

  3. What yummy morsels Nancy, I’ve made these before, but not with the cream cheese, I’m sure they add a nice surprise element to this great finger food. I love impromptu gatherings myself, and especially with the long, long winter days, I’m sure the gathering perked you all up. 🙂

    • There’s nothing like good friends to lift the winter doldrums, Loretta. 🙂 These little bites are great with the cream cheese (it’s not too overpowering in the flavor department). I find us Midwesterner’s tend to use more cream cheese than the rest of the country…it’s certainly one of my go-to cheeses! Good to see you today… Thanks!

  4. Liz

    Devils on Horseback is how I know these guys 🙂 Love the many variations–I see Ronit uses blue cheese and I’ve always used goat. Cream cheese is brilliant, too. What fun to have the last-minute gathering–yay, you, for making the call and hosting. Sounds like a perfect evening.

    • Now that you say “Devils on Horseback”, I do remember hearing that term through the years! The goat cheese sounds good, too…maybe I need to try that with a walnut half for a whole new spin. 🙂 The stuffing possibilities are endless.
      I love a fun, last minute gathering (as long as my house is clean!) and this one did not disappoint! Thanks for the visit and taking time to comment, Liz. 🙂

    • Aww shucks… thanks, Prudy. 🙂 They “travel” well and can be reheated in minutes without hogging too much oven time at your host’s home. One warning though, let the ladies get their share before offering them to the men…they tend to eat them like popcorn!

    • They’re definitely one of my favorite things these days! Happy to hear the flavor combination appeals to you. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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