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    These delicious and easy bacon wrapped dates are a delicious and simple appetizer that’s made for sharing. Simple and easy to make, these goat cheese stuffed dates are always a crowd-pleaser.

    stuffed dates with goat cheese on a plate

    My favorite thing about Christmas and New Year’s Eve is finger food appetizers and these bacon-wrapped dates are a firm favorite!

    The perfect mix of sweet and salty, dates are stuffed with creamy goat cheese before being wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven. So simple and so delicious!

    For more finger food recipes, be sure to try my Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites and Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites.

    Why you will love this bacon wrapped dates recipe!

    • 3 ingredients: There’s nothing fancy about these sweet and savory appetizers but they are so delicious!
    • Quick and easy: You can make a huge batch of these stuffed dates pretty easily, and it’s a great recipe for the kids to help you with! Prep time is minimal.
    • Make ahead: These are a great option if you are planning a buffet or are making up party platters.
    holding bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese

    Ingredients

    • Dates: I like to use Medjool dates rather than regular, or Deglet Noor, dates. They are softer, larger and have a richer flavor.
    • Bacon strips: Use natural, nitrate free bacon if you can.
    • Goat Cheese: I like to use a spreadable goat cheese for ease. The creaminess and tangy flavor works so well with the sweet dates and salty bacon.
    ingredients for bacon wrapped dates

    How to make bacon wrapped dates

    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty foil or parchment paper.
    • Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.
    • Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
    • Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
    • Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 F oven. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
    process images of making stuffed dates with goat cheese

    How far in advance can you make them?

    You can stuff the dates with the goat cheese and wrap them in bacon a day before you plan to serve them. Keep them covered in the fridge until you are ready to bake and serve them.

    How do you pit and stuff dates?

    The easiest way to remove the stone from a date is to use a paring knife. Cut lengthways down half of the date to hit the pit. Gently ease the date open and remove the pit. You can also buy pitted dates if you are short on time.

    bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese on a festive plate

    Recipe Variations

    These bacon wrapped dates are pretty delicious as they are, but they are easy to adapt to suit your tastes. Drizzle over some honey or maple syrup before they go in the oven for some extra sweetness, or try swapping the goat cheese for blue cheese or cream cheese. For a vegetarian option, simply omit the bacon.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Don’t use thick cut bacon to wrap the dates. It will take too long to cook through and crisp up.
    • You can serve the dates with or without the toothpicks.
    • Leftover bacon wrapped dates can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat them at 350F for around 7 minutes until heated through and the bacon is crisp.

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    Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

    These delicious and easy bacon wrapped dates are a delicious and simple appetizer that's made for sharing. Simple and easy to make, these goat cheese stuffed dates are always a crowd pleaser.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Servings 16 wrapped dates
    Calories 57kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 8 slices bacon, I find that thin bacon works better
    • 16 dates
    • 4 ounces goat cheese
    • Toothpicks

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with heavy duty foil.
    • Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.
    • Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
    • Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
    • Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 F oven. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Don’t use thick cut bacon to wrap the dates. It will take too long to cook through and crisp up.
    • You can serve the dates with or without the toothpicks.
    • Leftover bacon wrapped dates can be stored in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat them at 350F for around 7 minutes until heated through and the bacon is crisp.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine American
    Keyword bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese appetizer, stuffed dates
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