Bacon Wrapped Dates

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I may cook the main dishes in the house, but my wife Veronica is all about the appetizers. One of her favorite things to make for a party is bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese. This recipe is perfect for the holidays since it uses only three ingredients: Dates, Bacon and Cheese!

Usually, our go-to cheese for bacon wrapped dates is goat cheese, but to make this more of an authentic Spanish Dátiles con Tocino, you can switch out the goat cheese with manchego & iberico cheeses. A local Spanish restaurant here in Orange County called Vaca uses blue cheese in place of the goat cheese, and then drizzles it with a local honey.

Veronica made her goat cheese and bacon dates for a party a few years back when she was working with the Tastemade channel. That’s her above with Laura Miller from Raw, Vegan, Not Gross. Her recipe was a hit!

Getting ready to cook at Tastemade studios before the crowds roll in.

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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese (Dátiles con Tocino)

I may cook the main dishes in the house, but my wife Veronica is all about the appetizers. One of her favorite things to make for a party is bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese. This recipe is perfect for the holidays since it uses only three ingredients: Dates, Bacon and Cheese!
To make this more of an authentic Spanish Dátiles con Tocino, you can switch out the goat cheese with manchego & iberico cheeses. A local Spanish restaurant here in Orange County called Vaca uses blue cheese in place of the goat cheese, and then drizzles it with a local honey.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 d 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 20

Equipment

  • toothpicks

Ingredients
  

  • 16 slices thin applewood smoked bacon each sliced in half
  • 32 dates
  • 8 ounces goat cheese

For Dátiles con Tocino

  • 8 ounces manchego & iberico cheeses  instead of the goat cheese
  • Local honey for drizzling

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350-375 degrees F.
  • Slice the dates to create an opening and remove the pits.
  • Place a small amount of goat cheese into each date and press the date together slightly to contain the cheese.
  • Wrap each date with a 1/2 slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Make sure you only go around with the bacon 1 1/2 times or it won't cook properly. Trim the bacon as needed so it isn't too thick around the date. Thin slices of bacon work best for this recipe.
  • Arrange the dates evenly on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the dates over and bake for another 5 minutes. Repeat until they are browned and bubbly.
  • Remove dates from oven and transfer to a paper-towel lined platter for service.
Keyword appetizers, bacon, cheese, dates, goat cheese