Jan 31, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

I made these for a friend of mine. She’s a huge fan of sickening sweet foods. Something I’m not. Quite the opposite, really.

I didn’t want to deprive her of her beloved dates all together, but I wasn’t gonna eat them like this for sure. To counteract the somewhat overwhelming sweetness (and that’s putting it nicely), I stuffed them with cream cheese—to which I added a fresh note—and then wrapped them in bacon to add some saltness.

Bacon rights all the wrongs in the world. You do know that, right? Good. Just checking.

Guess what! While I wouldn’t touch plain dates with a 10 foot pole, I actually liked these.

 
Ingredients:

12 dates
3 tbsp cream cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
3 mint leaves
12 thin slices bacon
black pepper

Optional: honey

 
Directions:

Sticky little critters. There were 12 in my box, but don’t let me keep you from doubling the recipe.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Use a small pairing knife and slice them open lengthwise. Open it up and remove the pit.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

The cream cheese. I used Philadelphia for this; it’s nice a thick and keeps its shape when baked.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Add parsley (ran out of fresh leaves) for an earthy tone, finely chopped mint for some freshness and ground black pepper to liven it up.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Fill the dates with the cream cheese.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

This was the moment I started to get enthusiastic. It did look delicious.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Wrap each date in a slice of bacon.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

 
Place the dates on a grilling rack with dripping pan underneath.
 

This is optional, but I like what honey does to bacon so I brushed the tiniest amount of honey on top of the bacon.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

 
Put them in a preheated oven and bake at 375˚F (175˚C) for 20 minutes, until the bacon is nice and crispy.
 

I wouldn’t eat five of them, but one or two is a nice little tapas snack for those times I’m craving sweet foods.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Ingredients
    12 dates
    3 tbsp cream cheese
    1 tsp dried parsley
    3 mint leaves
    12 thin slices bacon
    black pepper

    Optional: honey

Directions
    Use a small pairing knife and slice the dates open lengthwise. Open it up and remove the pit. I used Philadelphia cream cheese for this; it’s nice a thick and keeps its shape when baked.

    Add parsley (ran out of fresh leaves) for an earthy tone, finely chopped mint for some freshness and ground black pepper to liven it up. Fill the dates with the cream cheese.

    Wrap each date in a slice of bacon and place them on a grilling rack with dripping pan underneath. This is optional, but I like what honey does to bacon so I brushed the tiniest amount of honey on top of the bacon.

    Put them in a preheated oven and bake at 375˚F (175˚C) for 20 minutes, until the bacon is nice and crispy.

Meal type: snacks, potluck, party foods
Servings: 12
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