Bacon wrapped dates are an awesome party snack. You can stuff them with all kinds of things from water chestnuts to cream cheese.
Until I made these goat cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates, I thought the best way to enjoy a date was to stuff it with peanut butter. Boy was I wrong! Funny story about how these came about. A friend of mine on Facebook was pregnant (she’s since had the baby) and posted this status
“Spent an hour making bacon-wrapped goat cheese dates with a balsamic reduction. JUST FOR ME. My pregnancy cravings are fancier than your pregnancy cravings.”
Well that was about a month ago, and I haven’t stopped thinking about these dates ever since. Apparently, my non-pregnancy cravings are pretty fancy too!
This is so typical of me. I do it with shopping too. I see something I like and I never buy it. If I’m still thinking about it a month later, I got back to buy it. If it’s no longer available, I tell myself it just wasn’t meant to be. I guess that’s a good thing?? Think before I act? Make sure whatever I’m acting on really matters? Does this mean I’m sensible? I suppose things could be worse.
You know I swore up and down that this year I was not going to let the holidays stress me out. I said no a ton, I didn’t go crazy with gift giving, and I kept my obligations to a minimum. I could not, however, curb the insane amount of cooking and baking that generally pours from my kitchen this time of the year. Don’t worry though, I did it all with the same self-imposed resentment as usual. What’s the opposite of “made with love”?
There is one holiday party each year that I actually enjoy going to. It’s at my bestie Val’s house on Christmas eve, and she always invites a ton of people so it’s easy for me to say, “I’m coming and I’m not bringing anything”. Val understands that I get burned out this time of year, and there’s always a ton of food, so I don’t feel bad.
If I was going to put forth even the tiniest bit of effort, I would totally bring these bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates. Instead, I’m going to wait until after the holidays when everything goes back to normal, then I’m going to make a huge batch and bring them to Val’s house for the two of us to eat together. Val’s pregnant again so since she can’t drink, she might as well indulge in crispy bacon and creamy goat cheese.
Now, THAT is real love.
- Pitted dates
- Goat Cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Carefully cut a slit in as many dates as you're preparing. Stuff each date with goat cheese. Do not overstuff or the cheese will melt out in the oven.
- Slice bacon strips into thirds. Wrap each stuffed date with ⅓ strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Place prepared dates on a baking sheet lined with foil then topped with parchment. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through until bacon is crispy.
- Remove from oven and place on a paper towel for 2 minutes to absorb excess grease.