Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon – Holiday Appetizer Recipe

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The Holidays are about indulgence and these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are the perfect luxurious festive party appetizer. Using Medjool dates, goat cheese, bacon, honey, and almonds, the bacon-wrapped dates are ready for the party table in just 30 minutes.

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Treat your holiday guests to an appetizer that is both delicious and impressive.

These goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon are a delicious way to kick off the festivities!





Made with only five ingredients, this appetizer recipe will be ready in no time at all.


The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Stuffed Dates Appetizer

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Recipe Tips

  • These quick and easy appetizers are sure to be a big hit, so feel free to double or triple this recipe to make sure you have enough on hand.

How Do I Make Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates?

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Recipe for Stuffed Dates

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The Holidays are about indulgence and these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are the perfect luxurious festive party appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 24 large whole Medjool dates
  • 6 oz (170g) goat cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup blanched almonds, slivered
  • 3 Tbsp honey, divided
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat and set it aside.
  2. Pit the dates by carefully cutting a slit down one side with a sharp knife. Remove pits and discard. Set aside.
  3. Add goat cheese, almonds, and two tablespoons of honey to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Fill each pitted date with some of the goat cheese mixture and gently squeeze closed. Set aside.
  4. Place one-half slice of bacon on a clean work surface with a stuffed date on top. Roll until the date is wrapped in the bacon and secure with a toothpick to hold together.
  5. Repeat this process with the remaining bacon and stuffed dates.
  6. Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the prepared baking sheet and place them in the center of the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is evenly cooked, and the dates are heated through. Flip the dates two or three times with tongs while cooking to ensure even results.
  7. Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining honey and garnish with the fresh parsley, if using, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Recipe for Stuffed Dates

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 21gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 4g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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