Cheese Stuffed Dates
on Dec 10, 2022, Updated Dec 04, 2023
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This is the perfect appetizer. Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese and 🍯 hot honey. If heaven tasted like anything, it would be this. If you know me, you know that I am the biggest lover of sweet and salty together so these caramelized bacon-wrapped dates are the perfect appetizer for any event.
Why You’ll Love Cheese Stuffed Dates
These 🥓 bacon wrapped dates offer a delightful blend of flavors, textures, and customization that will make them a favorite of your guests. Whether you’re a fan of sweet and savory combinations or just looking for a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer, this recipe will fit the bill. They taste like caramel, ooze with cheese, and have a yummy salty exterior.
How to Prepare Cheese Stuffed Dates
🔥 Preheat oven to 375°F.
🔪 Cut a slit down the middle of each date without going all the way through due to the pit. Open the date, and discard the pit.
🧀 Fill each date with your choice of creamy cheese and if you’d like, chopped nuts.
🥓 Cut thin bacon into pieces and then wrap each date with a piece of bacon.
🍯 Brush the bacon wrapped dates with hot honey or maple syrup and place dates seam side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
♨️ Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes until golden, then flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until caramelized.
⭐ These bacon wrapped dates are best served the same day, but if needed, you can prep the night before and bake the next day.
This recipe works well with strips of bacon that are thin and not too thick, so please try to choose a thinner one at the store.
Variations and Substitutions for Cheese Stuffed Dates
These bacon wrapped dates are delicious with a variety of creamy cheeses, the choice is yours! Let me know in the comments what you try with yours!
- The cheese 🧀 options are endless: brie, boursin, blue, camembert, feta, cream cheese, or even gorgonzola.
- Feel free to add finely chopped nuts 🌰 to the inside of the date with the cheese.
- You could try a different cured meat, such as prosciutto or pancetta instead of bacon.
- Add a sprinkle of fresh 🌿 herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil to the cheese filling.
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This recipe works well with a bacon that’s thin, not too thick, so please try to choose a thinner one at the store.
You are more than welcome to leave out the bacon, but the saltiness from the bacon is really what makes this recipe stand out. You can also add prosciutto, but I personally like thinly sliced bacon more.
Please buy Medjool dates and make sure to take out the pit.
You can try using a beef bacon if you don’t eat pork or simply leave the bacon out. You can also try using turkey bacon as well.
Cheese Stuffed Dates
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted
- 12 teaspoons cheese , Brie, Boursin, Blue, Camembert or any you like
- 12 pieces bacon, thin slices
- maple syrup , or hot honey
- chopped nuts, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Take each date and cut a slit down the middle. Your knife shouldn’t allow you to go all the way through as the pit will be in the way. Open up the date and discard the pit.
- Fill each date with any creamy cheese you love. You are more than welcome to add chop nuts of choice as well. You can use brie cheese, Boursin cheese, goat cheese or anything you enjoy.
- Take a piece of thin bacon and cut it into 3 pieces. This recipe works well with a bacon that’s thin not too thick so please try to choose a thinner one at the store.
- Wrap a piece of bacon around the date and take some hot honey or maple syrup and brush it on. Place the seam side down of the dates onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes or until the dates are golden on the bottom.
- Flip the dates and let the other side cook for 4-5 minutes or until caramelized. These are best served the same day but you are more than welcome to prep them the night before and just bake them the following day.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.