These are divine. I also saw these on Queer Eye and was glad to find the recipe. I made these for a Christmas Eve party and won a "Most Martha Stewart-ish" award. The combination of ingredients at first seems strange, but together they form complex taste layers that are delicious. The salty bacon is countered by the sweetness of the dates and the creaminess of the goat cheese. The almond adds a nice crunch to an other wise "soft" mouthful. I did not present this on the pineapple, but they were delicious anyway. For novice chefs or people with a brain phase at the time of baking; make sure to bake these on a pan with SIDES. Otherwise you will have an oven fire from the bacon grease. Also, if you don't have a pastry bag, just slice the dates lengthwise to stuff with a spoon. The bacon hides the slice. These are easy to make and wonderful to eat. ENJOY!!
Worried about the bacon (some reviews said it was hard to get it to be fully cooked) I used pancetta instead. Wow! I stuffed them a day ahead, using a cranberry goat cheese and smoked almonds, wrapping the thin pancetta and securing each with a toothpick. They came out of the oven just perfect! I then drizzled a bit of chocolate balsamic over the tops. These are great to eat while warm, but they sit well too and are just as delicious!
Really delicious and so fast/easy to prepare and can be done in advance. One tip: to prepare for serving, don't do what I did and look at just the cooking time to gauge when they will be ready - heating an oven to 500 can take a LONG time, so remember to factor that in! Another thing, I used fairly large dates and ended up adding more goat cheese than necessary, so next time I'll use smaller dates for more balance of the flavors. Still tasty, though. The only downside: not the most attractive appetizer, so a little bit of a 'hard sell' visually until people taste them and word spreads - then they disappear!
Loved these!! Made them for an office party and they were eaten up very quickly. Left the goat cheese out of half of them just in case people didn't like goat cheese, but both methods were very popular. The goat cheese adds a nice, creamy texture to the whole thing. Next time I would pre-cook the bacon just slightly, though, because I had a hard time telling if it was cooked all the way through!
Delicious! I left out the almonds, and made them in my toaster oven (it only goes to 450, so took longer - maybe about 15m). They were wonderful! My boyfriend told me I'd set a new bar.
I personally love dates and goat cheese, but I wasn't sure how they would be received because I know those are not universally appreciated. People were coming up to me all night asking for the recipe, and they were gone before almost anything else! There was some confusion with some people because they mistook the almond for a pit. Next time I may put a card next to the tray explaining they have an almond inside.
These are so easy and so addictive! I'll buy a carton of Medjool dates and make myself a few every day after work as an appetizer until they're all gone. :)
these are outrageously good!! :)
These are great. I also amde them with roquefort and walnuts and that's a nice combination too.
One of my friends makes these for every potluck that we have. I can't get enough of them! I absolutely LOVE them! The combination of the sweet, salty, smoky, creamy is just divine. I'm making these for New Year's Eve and hoping that I get a few :)