Friday, August 1, 2008

Bacon wrapped, Goat cheese and almond stuffed Dates

This is the last of the "Stuff It!" party posts. I've actually never seen or eaten a date before making these little guys. Two weeks later, I've already made 3 batches. These have the perfect combination of salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy. I got hubby to help assemble them. They're loosely based on a recipe from Allrecipes.
Bacon wrapped, goat cheese and almond stuffed dates - makes ~32
1 pkg pitted dates
4-5 oz goat cheese
~32 almonds
thick cut bacon
toothpicks

Cut the bacon in half and set aside.

Slice dates in half, and open them up. Scoop a small amount of goat cheese into the center of the dates (I used a teaspoon, hubby used his fingers). Place an almond in the goat cheese and close the halves of the dates.

Wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside of the date. Secure each one with a toothpick. We found it was best to fill all the dates first, then wrap them all. Arrange in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides to catch any grease.
Broil for about 5 minutes on each side or until bacon is cooked. We also threw these on the grill the second time around. They took a little longer, but were still delicious.
Remove toothpicks before serving.
Note - I am submitting this in Joelen's TGIF Martini Mixer blogging event. Check out the details here.

8 comments:

Joelen said...

Now I think bacon wrapped dates are amazing... but stuffed with goat cheese & almond?! Yum! I wish I knew of this before my Tapas party last weekend :)

Nate said...

These are absolutely amazing!

ttfn300 said...

wow sooooo good, recently had something like these (maybe minus the goat cheese?) at a reception. but i love goat cheese. need to buy me some dates :)

gaga said...

Yay for goat cheese! It really does make them better, doesn't it?

aleta meadowlark said...

Okay, so I had these babies at a party in rural Massachusetts this weekend, and I have no idea who made them (they were part of a HUGE spread and like 100 people brought food), and I'm wondering, given your proximity, whether or not I may have possibly eaten your delights unknowingly?

Jen said...

Aleta - it was not me, although it sounds like a great party. These always get gobbled up anywhere we take them!

biz319 said...

do you think these would be good at room temperature?

I am going to an outdoor concert next week and wanted to bring some finger food!

Jen said...

These are awesome at room temperature. We've made them a ton. You can make them and refrigerate for a couple days before grilling/broiling, you can also go ahead and cook them just leave them at room temperature. I prefer them at room temperature actually.

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