Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Almonds and Goat Cheese

I watch Ted make these on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy tonight. Sweetpea has a similar recipes posted but they aren't stuffed. A nice balance of sweet and salt.

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ingredients

  • 24 large dates, pitted (Medjools are my favorites)
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise (24 pieces)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 24 unsalted almonds, toasted

directions

  • Move oven rack to upper third of oven and preheat to 500°F.
  • Stuff each date with an almond, then fill the remaining space with softened goat cheese using a pastry bag.
  • Wrap a piece of bacon around each date and secure with a pick.
  • Place dates on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until bacon is golden and crispy, 6-8 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool briefly before serving.
  • For presentation, insert picks into half a pineapple sliced lengthwise.
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"I watch Ted make these on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy tonight. Sweetpea has a similar recipes posted but they aren't stuffed. A nice balance of sweet and salt."
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  1. Cookie30s
    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!
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  2. Cookie30s
    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!
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  3. I Love Figs
    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!
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  4. sharon.drake
    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!
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  5. samantha1107
    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.
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