Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Featured by Flying Goat Cellars in the Pinot Noir Wine Club.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Description

Sweet and tangy, a simple 3-ingredient appetizer that will blow you away! Enjoy with a crowd of friends and a bottle of Pinot Noir from your Wine Club subscription box!

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Serving Size: 2 dates

Ingredients


• 8 slices bacon (I find that thin bacon works better)
• 16 dates
• 4 ounces goat cheese
• toothpicks

Instructions


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.

3. Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.

4. Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

5. Arrange evenly on a baking sheet with raised edges (otherwise grease will get everywhere) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one so it’s laying on its side. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking, and turn the dates to the other side and repeat. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

6. Take these to the next level by putting a little honey bourbon glaze on top. Just mix about 1/4 cup of honey with 1 tablespoon of bourbon and brush the mixture on the dates when they come right out of the oven.

7. For crispier, browned bacon, set the oven temperature at 375. For crispier bacon, bake longer. Usually my bacon pieces wrap around the dates 1.5 times. If it’s wrapping more than twice around the date, trim your bacon slices so they’re a little shorter. If that bacon layer is too thick, it won’t cook. Keep leftovers in the fridge.


Recipe by Lindsay at 'pinch of yum'



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