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4 ingredients are all that you need to make these Bacon Wrapped Dates that are stuffed with goat cheese and almonds. These stuffed dates are a Spanish tapas are so easy to make, and they’re filled to the brim with flavor!
I LOVE tapas! Tapas restaurants are my favorite for having a relaxing, casual dinner that goes on for hours. I remember the first time that I had bacon wrapped stuffed dates at a tapas restaurant, it was love at first bite! I instantly knew that I had to recreate the recipe for my website and here it is! Bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese, and almonds never tasted so good!
I love bringing these bacon wrapped dates to parties for 3 reasons:
- They’re SO easy to make
- They delicious and they’re always a hit
- They’re different from your typical party food
Plus you know, BACON! Everything is better with a little bacon wrapped around it. These little tapas are perfect for Christmas parties, New Year’s parties, Super Bowl parties and more! Other little bites that I like to serve at such occasions are Chicken and Waffle Sliders, Meatball Sub Bites, Pepperoni Pizza Rolls, and Make Ahead Stuffed Mushrooms.
Anytime I see anything made with goat cheese I just can’t resist the temptation. There’s just something about the slightly tangy and creamy components of the cheese that beckons me from across the room! And these Bacon wrapped dates are no exception! The combination of the tangy goat cheese, sweet dates, and savory crisp bacon make this appetizer a winner at any party no matter the season or celebration.
Common Bacon Wrapped Dates Questions answered:
How long do you cook bacon wrapped dates?
You cook them for 25-30 minutes. You want to give them ample time for the bacon to cook and become crispy.
What temperature do you cook bacon wrapped dates?
I like to cook mine at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps the bacon cook quickly and become nice and crisp.
How do you remove a pit from a date?
First, using a paring knife cut a small slit about 1/4-inch lengthwise into the date. You should hit the pit while slicing. Then, carefully pull the date open and remove the pit.
Cook’s Note – Bacon Wrapped Dates:
- The dates and goat cheese are usually expensive ingredients, but I got all the ingredients for this dish at Costco. The prices are much lower than at the grocery store and the quality is great.
- Alternatively, you can stuff these dates with Blue Cheese or Manchego cheese.
- To make these dates up to 1 day ahead of time, prepare the recipe through step 5 below. Then when you’re ready to cook the dates, continue with step 6.
- This Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates recipe doubles nicely.
Cook’s Tools – Stuffed Dates:
ONE YEAR AGO: Crunchy Date Nut Bread
TWO YEARS AGO: Bread Bowls from Frozen Dough
THREE YEARS AGO: Copycat Walkabout Soup
Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe Stuffed with Goat Cheese
- 32 large Medjool dates
- 32 roasted whole almonds
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 16 slices bacon about 14 ounces, halved crosswise
- sliced green onion optional
- Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on the baking sheet; set aside.
- Cut a slit lengthwise into a date and remove the pit. Slightly stretch the opening you just made to make room for stuffing.
- Stuff each date with 1 almond and about 1 teaspoon full of goat cheese.
- Pinch the date closed and then wrap each date tightly in a piece of bacon.
- Place the wrapped date, seam side down, on the prepared wire rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dates, almonds, cheese, and bacon.
- Bake the stuffed dates for about 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crisp, turning each date halfway through baking. Move the dates to a serving platter and sprinkle with sliced green onions (optional). Serve warm or at room temperature.
This recipe first appeared on FFF on January 12, 2012. I have since updated the pictures. You can see some of the original pictures below.