Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Per Whole Foods' website, "To ease the party rush, make the filling for these dates a few days in advance, keeping in mind that the flavor will get stronger over time. For a vegetarian version omit the bacon and sauté the onions in olive oil instead of the bacon grease."
- 4 slices bacon
- 1⁄2 small red onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup blue cheese, crumbles
- 2 1⁄2 ounces cream cheese (light or fat free are fine)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans, divided
- 24 pitted dates
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to drain on paper towels, reserving 1/2 teaspoon bacon grease in skillet.
- Add onion and cook over medium heat until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add orange juice and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until liquid is evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes more.
- Transfer onion to a medium bowl and let cool.
- Crumble bacon into the onions. Add cheeses and half of the pecans. Stir well to combine.
- Stuff each date with a heaping teaspoon of the mixture and top with remaining pecans.
Every Christmas we stuff dates with peanut butter (chunky or plain) and also some with half a walnut and then roll them in white sugar
Stunning appetiser, perfect balance of sweet and sour! I did not add nuts to the cheese, just popped them on the top as on the picture. Needed more dates (depends on the size of them), 32, and matching number of the nuts.
I made these for my Christmas party this year. They were a hit. I used roasted seasoned pecans (little spicy) for a little extra flavor. I had just a few left over--just chopped em up and put them on a salad.