These sweet and savory little bites are an absolute hit at every party I bring them to! Goat cheese is stuffed inside juicy dates, then wrapped in bacon, baked crispy to perfection, and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. They are easy to make, and just decadent. I’ve made many variations of bacon wrapped dates over the years, but this combination is my absolute favorite. The creamy and tangy chévre cheese doesn’t overpower the other flavors, as other cheeses might, but compliments them all perfectly. I have been asked for this recipe a number of times. If you like anything wrapped in bacon like I do, I can promise it will be one of your favorites too.
Pro tips: To crisp the bacon perfectly, and let the fats drain, I prefer to elevate the dates while cooking on a wire baking sheet. I do this often with bacon wrapped anything. I also love to use parchment paper in recipes like this because it makes clean up a breeze! You can just remove your grease covered parchment paper and toss, rather than washing all the bacon grease off of your baking sheet. You’re welcome!
- 8 slices high quality bacon
- 16 large pitted dates
- 4 ounces chévre goat cheese
- Brown sugar and fresh ground black pepper to sprinkle (optional)
- Balsamic Glaze
- 16 toothpicks
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire cooling rack on top and spray with cooking oil. Preheat oven. to 375 degrees.
- Cut bacon slices in halves. Cut dates in halves lengthwise and place just enough goat cheese inside so they are able to close.
- Wrap each date with the half bacon slice and secure with a toothpick. Place on wire rack on baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with a touch of brown sugar and black pepper if you like. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over, using the toothpick, so they cook evenly. Bake for another 7-8 minutes, or until they’re crispy.
- Remove from oven and arrange on your serving plate. Drizzle with your balsamic glaze or reduction. Enjoy!!
Fast.Eat.Live. Phase 3
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
Keywords: bacon, dates, appetizer, goat cheese, chèvre, balsamic