Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Asiago cheese

September 20th, 2012

I don’t really even know where to start except to say that I just wiped a little drool from my lips. If you’ve ever had bacon wrapped dates, you know what I’m talking about. Somehow the name sounds so innocent and unassuming—three, maybe four ingredients (if you include the paprika) somehow work some major magic in just a few minutes in the oven. What comes out is a melt-in-your-mouth little flavor bomb.

The rich, salty flavor of the bacon and cheese merge together with the sweet, tender dates to create a dream come true in your mouth. I understand I’m really talking this up, but believe me, they’re good stuff. And I dare you to find a simpler, more addictive snack to serve at your next party.

These are definitely one of my go-to party treats because they’re quick and always a crowd pleaser. Since they go so fast and dates are a little on the pricey side, the last time I made them I decided to cut the dates in half after stuffing them with cheese. They ended up being the perfect one-bite size; although they still ended up being the first to go.

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with asiago cheese

makes 24 | adapted from Bon Appetit

12 Medjool dates
12 1 1/2×1/4×1/4-inch pieces Asiago cheese (Manchego, pecorino or if you’re feeling crazy, Stilton work too)
4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, each cut length-wise into 3 pieces
smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 425°F.

1. Using small knife, cut the date length-wise and remove the pit. Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date. Cut the date in half (as seen above).

2. Brush bacon slices generously on 1 side with smoked paprika. Wrap each date with 1 piece of bacon, with paprika side against date. Secure bacon with toothpick.

3. Arrange dates on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until bacon is browned on bottom, about 6 minutes. Turn dates; roast until bacon is cooked, about 6 minutes longer. Transfer to plate; cool slightly.

 

Comments: 6 Total

  1. dana

    September 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m always looking for a lovely thing to bring with me to a party.
    The comment about wiping away a little bit of drool, yeah, these look salivatingly good.

  2. Debra Winke

    September 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    It looks like the dates are also cut in half crosswise after you stuffed them?? I don’t see that in the instructions, am I just seeing things?

    • kelly

      September 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Bah! I just updated it. Thanks Debra!

  3. Laura

    September 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I am too lazy to make individual little treats like this, but I always regret that laziness when I see posts like yours! Yum!

  4. Katie@Cozydelicious

    September 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Oooh, these look wonderful! And your pictures are fantastic – you even make raw bacon look good!

  5. meatballs & milkshakes

    November 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I do something similar with goat cheese and prosciutto, and it’s always the first thing to go at parties! Making me hungry just thinking about them!

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