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.

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8 Responses to “Bacon wrapped, Goat cheese and almond stuffed Dates”

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    Joelen — August 1, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    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 :)

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    Nate — August 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    These are absolutely amazing!

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    ttfn300 — August 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    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 :)

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    gaga — December 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm

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

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    aleta meadowlark — March 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    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?

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    Jen — March 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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

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    biz319 — July 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    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!

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    Jen — July 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    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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