There isn’t an easier appetizer on the planet. And there isn’t one more delicious than this. In fact, these are downright addictive, and you might not have any room for the main course. These are crazy good. The contrast in taste between the sweetness of the dates and the saltiness of the bacon is amazing. The goat cheese may seem to simply be along for the ride, but it’s a pretty important ingredient.
I like to use Carando Apple Cider cured bacon, but any bacon will do…except turkey bacon. Sorry, it just doesn’t cut it. Save that for some other dish. Some recipes call for plain goat cheese. I like to use the herbed goat cheese for this recipe. Either way, you can’t miss.
1 package of Medjool Dates (about 20 per package)
Ten slices of bacon, cut in half
1 4-oz package of goat cheese, warmed to room temperature
1 tbsp half-and-half
Once the goat cheese has been brought to room temperature, add a splash of half-and-half and mix. Slice the dates and remove the pits. Using a teaspoon, stuff each date with some goat cheese. You’ll know when enough is there. Wrap in bacon.
Place in a 350-degree oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, checking occasionally. You’ll be able to tell when the bacon is cooked to perfection.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. People can take these with their fingers, if you want. I prefer to stick a toothpick through each one on the serving dish.