Bacon wrapped dates…

The holidays are over and it’s time to put this recipe away until next December! My go to appetizer recipe during the holiday season are bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese. While these can be made anytime throughout the year, I do save them for a special treat during the holidays. The recipe is fairly simple and below are the basic ingredients. While I used this basic bacon from Whole Foods for this batch, I would recommend spending a few more dollars and getting a little bit thicker cut.

  • 1 pack of bacon
  • Dates
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Toothpicks

Below are some simple instructions on how to make them:

  1. Preparing your dates – I usually buy dates that have pits in them and so the first step is cutting slits into the dates and taking the pits out. I guess you could buy dates already pitted but you will still need to cut them open.
  2. Prepare your bacon – Each date will be wrapped in half a slice of bacon. Cut your bacon in half and on a baking rack, partially bake the bacon in the oven for 10 minutes or so.
  3. The number of bacon wrapped dates you make depends on how many you want to make and how many slices of bacon you have. In a pack with 14 slices of bacon, you can make 28 dates. Stuff each date with a portion of Gorgonzola cheese. I like to overstuff them so that you can really taste the cheese through the bacon.
  4. Take your bacon out of the oven and let cool so that it’s not extremely hot. Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon, stick a toothpick in to keep it in place, and then put the date back on the baking rack. Follow the process for all dates.
  5. Place back in the oven until the bacon is fully cooked and done to your likeness. This usually means another 20 minutes or so.

Done and done!

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