Pulling together an impressive, crowd-pleasing menu for a party can be stressful. Make your life easier with this recipe for bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese. It has only three ingredients (so easy!) and pleases most palates (everyone loves bacon!). Plus, foodie-favorite dates and blue cheese elevate the appetizer from fun concoction to fine cuisine.

Making this delicious appetizer requires only a 1-lb. package of bacon, 1 lb. of dates, and a 4-oz. tub of blue cheese crumbles. You’ll also need toothpicks and a baking dish. That’s it!

When shopping for dried dates, choose plump and soft fruits (if possible, shop from a bulk bin rather than buying prepackaged dates). Although there are hundreds of varieties of dates in the world, medjool are the most commonly sold in North America. They are large and have a thick skin—perfect for this recipe.

If you’re hosting a party, make things even easier for yourself by stuffing and wrapping the dates ahead of time, then cooking them just before guests arrive. Or, bake them in batches as the night goes on so you always have warm ones to offer.

These bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are a tasty mix of creamy and crispy, sweet and savory. Be prepared to watch your guests gobble them up like candy.

If you’re a bacon-aholic, you may also want to try these fun recipes:

 

Bacon-Wrapped Dates Recipe

Makes about 48 stuffed dates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon, cut in half
  • 1 lb whole pitted dates
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice open dates along one long end. Fill centers of dates with a bit of blue cheese. Close dates around the cheese, then wrap each date with a half-strip of bacon. Secure the stuffed dates with toothpicks.
  3. Place dates in a baking dish and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the bacon reaches desired crispiness. Turn the dates over after 15 minutes for even cooking.
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