This 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!
We 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.
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?
They 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
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
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.