bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese
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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese

Making Bacon Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese is one of my favorite appetizers because it's easy to do and delicious to eat!
Keyword: bacon, blue cheese, bouquet, charcuterie, dates, DIY, Valentines Day

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pack of Pitted Medjool Dates about 20 large pitted dates
  • 1 lb thick cut bacon cut in half
  • 4 oz Point Reyes Blue Cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and place a cooling rack on top.
  • Cut the side of each date (being careful not to cut all the way through) and add a pinch of blue cheese and stuff it inside. Press the date back together and wrap each date with a half slice of bacon. If at all possible, try to keep the cheese cut-side facing up, with the bacon cut-side facing down. This will help keep the cheese from cooking out while also keeping the bacon wrapped around each date.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cook for 10 minutes.
  • **OPTIONAL** If you're making the bouquet - Skewer each bacon wrapped date and place them in a small vase. If you’re having trouble with them slipping down, try to skewer it through the bacon as it's thick texture holds up the best.

Notes

If you're making the bacon bouquet, simply spear each one with a kebab stick through the bottom and serve them in vase.
If you can't find Point Reyes Blue Cheese you can most definitely use another brand. And if you don't like blue cheese you can leave it out completely or swap it for another cheese like Manchego.