I gotta tell ya, I never thought about eating Bacon Wrapped Dates. Recipes, I’ve seen – but back me up here, folks, doesn’t it sound kind of weird? Well, weird they are, but weirdly delish!
So I’m here to tell you was wrong. Mark it on your calendars, lol! I was wrong, wrong, wrong! I mean really, who knew? Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are mouth-watering, sweet, sticky, crispy, chewy, smoky deliciousness.
Sometimes these are called “Devils on Horseback” and I can see why – you’ll be carried away by them and you’ll be led into temptation. It’s hard to stop eating these! Aw, sweet temptation!
Oh, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates – where have you been all my life?!
These are super easy to make – really, it’s pretty much just assembly, and they can be stuffed with all kinds of things. I used Bleu Cheese, but goat cheese, Manchego or just about any cheese you’d like will be dreamy.
A good flavorful cheese will help offset some of that sweet, sweet date flavor. You might want to stuff these with Mango Chutney or Almonds. I really liked the almond version – they stayed slightly crunchy and it was such a nice contrast of textures.
I don’t like fiddling a whole lot while these cook, and they have to be turned, so I skewered these suckers so that would be quick & easy. And I baked them on a rack so the bacon would crisp up beautifully. Remove from the skewers and just stick toothpicks in them when they’re done. Otherwise some guest will probably just grab the whole skewer and run off to a corner, growling at anyone that comes near, and will happily gnaw these right off the stick like a feral animal!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
- 1 package of pitted dates
- 1/2 package of regular (not thick cut) bacon, sliced into 1/4’s
- 4 ounces of cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Slice 1/2 of each date and open them up. Place a good pinch or scant teaspoon of cheese inside. Wrap a 1/4 slice of bacon around the outside.
Secure each one with a toothpick or arrange about five or six on a skewer. Place on a rack above a foil lined pan to catch the drippings.
Bake for about 15 minutes, turn dates over and bake for another 10 minutes or so until bacon is crisp and dates are slightly caramalized.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: if desired, these may be glazed with a little hot pepper jelly or a mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar.