We all know that sweet and salty is a winning combination. Wrap it all up in bacon and you’ve got a recipe that will please every palate. Being fans of happy hour we’ve noticed this dish on the menu at a few of our favorite spots and decided to investigate into making it at home. This appetizer is super easy to make and can be prepared before a party, so your guests will be munching on the salty, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying bite-sized, bacon-wrapped dates the second they arrive at your home. Served at room temperature these little bites of delight can be easily prepared in advance and kept warm in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bacon
    • Thinly sliced bacon will cook more quickly and allow for maximum crunch!
  • 16 Medjool pitted dates
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese (chevre)
  • toothpicks

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening.
  3. Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
  4. Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Arrange evenly on a baking sheet with raised edges (otherwise grease will get everywhere, covering with a piece of aluminum foil is recommended for easier clean up) and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one so it’s laying on its side. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until browned to your liking, and turn the dates to the other side and repeat.
  7. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand before serving at room remperature.
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