I don’t even like dates.

I mean, I didn’t like dates until yesterday. Somehow though, when they are stuffed with creamy goat cheese and wrapped in salty bacon, I kind of changed my mind.

The sweet, salty and creamy flavors all come together perfectly for an easy, yet fancy appetizer that clocks in at about 100 calories per date.

They can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you need them, perfect for a fun party appetizer or you know, an afternoon snack for one.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

 

Ingredients (8 dates, 4 servings)

  • 8 fresh dates
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 Tbsp goat cheese

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slit the dates and remove pit.

Cut the bacon slices in half.

Stuff about 1/2 Tbsp of goat cheese into dates.

Roll dates in bacon.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Turn oven to broil for 2 minutes to brown bacon if necessary.

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