Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates; Devils on Horseback

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are mouth-watering, sweet, sticky, crispy, chewy, smoky deliciousness.

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!

Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates; Devils on Horseback
Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates

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?!

Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates; Devils on Horseback
Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates

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 Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates; Devils on Horseback
Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates; Devils on Horseback

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

  • Servings: varies
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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.

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I’ll be sharing this at our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party as well as at Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Sandhya @ Indfused. Come and join us! 🙂

 

29 thoughts on “Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates”

  1. Hey Mollie– I’ve had these at parties (and you’re right they are super salty-sweet-delicious!) but I never new you baked them! that makes them seem do-able. I’m thinking good for New Years with friends in the evening. fun post!

  2. Good Morning to you, After visiting Throwback Thursday, I really had to pop over and visit you because I adore bacon wrapped stuffed dates and they are loved by my family.
    My favourite dates to use are Medjool dates… they are just a little bit fabulous.
    I think you have converted a lot of your friends, as you know, once tried these bacon wrapped stuffed dates will be made over and over again.
    Have a lovely day.
    Best Wishes from England.
    Daphne

    1. Hi Daphne – Medjool dates ARE fabulous! I know we were all surprised here by how good these were! And we converted a visitor, too. 🙂 Best wishes and happy holidays to you! And thanks for coming to Throwback Thursday!

      Mollie

    1. I know, Bacon, right!! I thought I was too picky for them, but they were a huge surprise! I just told myself you can’t go wrong with bacon or cheese, and dates are great – I mean sticky toffee pudding, right? So why NOT together….

  3. Wrapping things in bacon is always a good idea. I’ve only made them once. Stuffed the date with cream cheese but I think cream cheese mixed with a salty cheddar would have been even better. Then you get the salty and sweet from inside and outside. The pepper jelly is a great idea. I have to pick up a jar one of these days. 🙂

              1. So much fun ahead. I really like the latest sourdough recipe I did (Carole L’s) but I want to try a tartine one more time since I think I learned a few things and want to try for a really ‘holey’ bread.

  4. We adore these! Isn’t it funny how bacon around something always has a name, devils on horseback are the dates or in many cases prunes wrapped in bacon and sausages wrapped in bacon are pigs in blankets!

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