Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Beautiful Date: Wrap Me in Bacon

bacon dates

Isn't everything better with bacon?



What is this dried little brown thing anyway?
It's not what you think it is. Get your mind out of the toilet.

It is a Medjool date. The best, plumpest dates you will ever eat. Grown in California, but named after a Mediterranean variety.
I guess this goes with my love of figs, I also love dates.



Since I had so much goat cheese from my cheese contest win, I decided to stuff something with them, so why not a date?

Try and find the Medjool variety, because they are larger in size and are better for stuffing.



Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon: how bad can this be?

Medjool dates (remove the pits by making a small slit in each date and popping out the pit).
a small log of goat cheese (soft chevre)
a few slices of LEAN bacon, cut in half and sliced into strips

After removing the pits from the dates, with a small knife, spread a small amount of goat cheese in the middle of each date and press together.

Now wrap a strip of bacon around each date and place on a baking sheet.



Bake at 425F for about 15-20 minutes until the bacon is crisp.

Remove with a thin spatula and drain on paper towels.

These are best served warm, however, they can be made an hour ahead and kept out at room temperature.



Enjoy!

16 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

It's only natural you'd like dates the way you're ga-ga over figs. Like you said, everything tastes better with bacon, but I'll bet that salty-sweet combo was delish. The perfect breakfast food - protein, dairy and fruit.

VeggieGirl said...

Medjool dates are the BEST variety - so caramel-y and luscious!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I don't think I've ever seen the Medjool dates here. But we are back in New Orleans this weekend, they have a Fresh Market. Will swing by and look for some.

Your dates are mouth watering.

Ramona

Julia said...

I agree, everything wrapped in bacon is better! These little bites look great! I worked in a restaurant that did something similar -- but stuffed the dates with sausage.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I bet these little things are very addicting! I know they would be for me, I love salty and sweet

Antonietta said...

Yum! Stacey we totally share the same taste for figs and dates. Is there anything better?

kat said...

A classy appetizer & it has to be good because it has bacon

kat said...

A classy appetizer & it has to be good because it has bacon

Karen said...

Mmm, I love medjools. They're good stuffed with a walnut half & cream cheese, too!

Bob said...

Looks awesome, I'll have to convince my sister in law they would be a good addition to holiday dinners. I don't think it will be that hard. Heh.

StaceyEsq said...

Jamie and I actually had something very similar at a restaurant in New Hope, PA this weekend and I thought "how very Stacey Snacks!" The restaurant, Havana, used bleu cheese rather than goat cheese; I would have preferred goat cheese. I will try these at home!

Velva said...

These are great appetizers! You are absolutely right, anything wrapped in bacon just brings it to another level. These appetizers with the sweetness of the dates and the saltiness of the bacon...YUM!

Culinary Cory said...

Ohhhhhhh! These look delish. I made these a few weeks ago with prosciutto instead of bacon. They were amazing! I've never seen an appetizer disappear so quickly.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

This is probably my favorite party snack ever! It's the kind of thing where the dude comes out of the kitchen with a tray of these and I'll snag half the platter while no one is looking.

A Melbourne Girl said...

We do something similar here in Australia too...we stuff prunes and wrap them in bacon. Delicious. I'm going to try it with dates too

lesley

Kevin said...

Sweet dates, salty bacon and creamy cheese! What a great combination!