Double Dates

 

Bacon wrapped dates are a staple at all of our get togethers – they are extremely easy to put together, and really make a statement.  The best part is – you can make them ahead of time, so all you have to do is bake them before you serve!  Below are two recipes that I’ve tried.


Dates with Manchego

These are very simple, but man, are they delicious!  Manchego is an aged Spanish  sheep’s milk cheese, and it is the perfect pairing with the sweet date and salty bacon.  This recipe can be doubled and tripled depending on how many dates you want!

Ingredients

1 12oz container Medjool Dates

8 oz Manchego Cheese

1 16oz pack Thick Cut Bacon

Toothpicks

Preheat your oven to 425º.  Carefully remove the pit from the dates with a pairing knife.  I usually make a small slit on one side of the date, then butterfly it open to remove the pit.  Meanwhile, cut the cheese into pieces about 1″ long and 1/4″ around.  Stuff the cheese into the date, and ensure that the date completely covers the cheese (they are very pliable, so you can mold them around the cheese).

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Then, take the pack of bacon and cut it in half so that you end up with pieces 4-5″ long.  Wrap the stuffed date with bacon, and secure with a toothpick, then place on a baking sheet.

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TIP – – If you have a cooling rack (shown above), these are FANTASTIC for making anything with bacon – it allows the grease to drip, and you are guaranteed crispy bacon every time!  I also like to line the baking sheet with foil to make cleanup a breeze! Bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven, and until bacon is crispy).  Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!


Sweet & Spicy Dates

A little different than the above recipe, these are made with cream cheese and jalapeño peppers.  Also simple, and oh so good!

Ingredients

1 12oz container Medjool Dates

8 oz Cream Cheese

1 Jalapeño Pepper

1 16oz pack Thick Cut Bacon

Toothpicks

Preheat your oven to 425º.  Remove the pits from the dates, and gently spread some cream cheese in them.  Slice the jalapeño pepper in half, then in small strips (I remove the seeds, but it is up to you depending on how spicy you prefer them). Place a pepper slice in the date, then seal them up ensuring all ingredients are stuffed inside.  Wrap with bacon, and secure with a toothpick.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!

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