Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Dates Recipe

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Each bite of these simple baked appetizers is an explosion of tastes and textures. You’ll get crunchy almonds, soft dates, salty bacon, creamy blue cheese and sweet honey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 center-cut bacon strips
  • 32 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 32 blanched almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  1. Cut bacon strips in half widthwise. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  2. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of each date, being careful not to cut through completely. Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon cheese and 1 almond. Wrap with 1 piece bacon; secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place in foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Brush tops with honey. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Sprinkle with pepper. Yield: 32 appetizers.
To Make Ahead: The stuffed and wrapped dates can be made a day in advance; cover and refrigerate. Brush with honey just before baking.
Originally published as Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Dates in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p13

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Made these for a party. They were the first things gone. People loved them and talked about them the next week! I'm not sure the almonds inside are necessary. If you really like almonds, go ahead, but the cheese and bacon are what make these dates! A keeper."

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