Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Sweet, juicy dates stuffed with cream cheese and almonds - all wrapped in crispy bacon - make the perfect appetizer for any dinner party. They're easy to make and quite the crowd pleaser!
Servings: 12 people
- 24 dates, pitted by slitting vertically down one side
- 24 whole, unsalted almonds
- 12 pieces applewood smoked bacon, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
Place bacon on a large jelly roll pan (a baking sheet with edges to catch any grease) lined with aluminum foil. Put pan in an unheated oven and then turn oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set timer for 14 minutes. After 14 minutes, remove the bacon from the oven. It should be most of the way done but still flexible enough to wrap around the dates. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Remove bacon from pan and pour out excess bacon grease into a jar for proper storage (for later use) or disposal.
Dip almonds in cream cheese and stuff each date with one cream cheese coated almond. Wrap each date with one piece of bacon and place back on jelly roll pan coated with aluminum foil.
Place back in 350 degree oven and bake for 18 minutes, or until bacon is at desired level of doneness.
Remove and let cool slightly before serving.
Wine Pairing Suggestion: Because of the strong flavors in these dates (think bacon, cream cheese, etc.) these hors d'oeuvres pairs fabulously with Cabernet Sauvignon. However, since they are perfect for a cocktail party or any other celebration, they would also pair just fine with a dry sparkling wine.