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