Manchego-Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon (Tapas)

READY IN: 13mins
KateL
Recipe by jenne

These are delightful, easy appetizers. Adapted from a recipe I found on www.wholefoodsmarket.com. As the recipe states, these are the perfect party starter served up with a glass of sparkling wine. These are also on the menu at a St. Louis tapas restaurant as a desert. . .interesting thought! These are very rich, so plan on 2 per person. One more note, these CAN be made without bacon if need be for a special diet.

Top Review by CabinKat

These were excellent. I was a bit sceptical about the sweetness of the dates, but was pleasantly surprised. The Manchego didn't do a lot for me, but held up well on the grill. I think a nice Asiago might be my next choice. Thanks for posting!

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler (high setting).
  2. Cut your cheese into small rectangles just large enough to fill the cavity of your pitted date.
  3. Stuff 1 piece of cheese into each date.
  4. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon.
  5. Place on baking sheet, seam side down, and broil for 4 minutes. Turn dates over and broil another 4 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
  7. NOTE: you can put a toothpick in each AFTER cooking for the convenience of your guests (but they won't look as pretty).

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