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Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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I have noticed that bacon wrapped dates have become more and more popular over the last few years, popping up on more menus and showing up at catered events. I have heard that they are nicknamed "Devils on Horseback". I have had them stuffed with a variety of different soft cheeses, or just as a plain love affair between bacon and dates. They are great for gatherings and easy to assemble. I like to put them together and stow them in the fridge the night before I am hosting, so all I have to do is pop them in the oven right before guests arrive. They give your house a delicious aroma so even if you just called in a take out order for your party, your house will smell like you have been hard at work in the kitchen all day!

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • 1 bag of pitted dates
  • 1 pack of bacon
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 400. Set up an assembly area with a clean surface to assemble and grab a baking dish. I put a layer of foil on my baking sheet for easier clean up. Each date should have a slit where the pit was removed. Find it and pry it open, but try not to tear it in half. Take a spoon and stuff date with equal parts cream cheese and Gorgonzola. Close the date again, trying not to leave too much cheese on the outside. 

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Slice your stack of bacon in half so that each piece will not be too long. Then simply wrap each stuffed date and secure with a toothpick. 

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Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bacon is crispy, turning them over with tongs halfway through. Enjoy!

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