My November New Year’s Resolution goes to dates. I’m sure I’ve tasted one of these before, but honestly I don’t remember. Usually you see some of these dried dates on cheese platters. I really enjoyed the sweetness, but the added goat cheese cuts through it and you can’t go wrong with bacon. I did however like it better just stuffed with goat cheese, but presentation wise I liked the baked bacon wrapped ones. These are easy to prep ahead of time and freeze so you can pop them in the oven for guest over the holidays.
Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
(Adapted from betsylife)
30 Pitted dates
4 ounces goat cheese
12 ounce package of bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Carefully cut a slit in as many dates as you’re preparing. Stuff each date with goat cheese. Do not overstuff or the cheese will melt out in the oven.
Slice bacon strips into thirds. Wrap each stuffed date with ⅓ strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Place prepared dates on a baking sheet lined with foil then topped with parchment. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through until bacon is crispy.
Remove from oven and place on a paper towel for 2 minutes to absorb excess grease.