Bacon Wrapped Dates is an easy appetizer that will be everyone’s favorite. Stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, you will be amazed how delicious they are.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese:
These goat cheese dates are a crowd favorite. The sweet and salty mixture makes this easy appetizer making you go back for more. Medjool dates and pitted and then filled with goat cheese. Wrapping the dates takes them to the next level.
The smoky bacon is cooked crispy in the oven which makes this appetizer even better. The bacon allows the dates to cook tender leaving them full of flavor and moist.
Impress your guest at your next game day party or for the holidays and make these goat cheese stuffed dates. They take just about 20 minutes to prepare and heat in the oven and your guest be wanting more.
What do Bacon Wrapped Dates taste like?
This delicious combination will have you going back for more. Bacon Wrapped Dates have a sweet and salty taste and adding in the hint of goat cheese makes this combination a crowd pleaser.
How do you Pit Dates:
There are two different types of dates that you can get at the store. For making these bacon wrapped dates we recommend the Medjool Dates. They are larger in size and have a hint of sweetness to them.
They also hold up when you are baking them with the goat cheese. These types of dates are usually found in your produce section at the store.
- Pitted Dates – If your dates are already pitted, great. Just cut them and add your goat cheese filling.
- Pit Dates – If your dates do have a pit, use a knife to cut the dates and remove the pit. Then stuff the dates with your goat cheese to prepare for baking in the oven.
- Goat Cheese, softened
- Fresh Chopped Parsley (optional)
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates:
- Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Step 2 – Cut each bacon in half and cut each of the dates in half lengthwise.
- Step 3 – Remove the pits in the dates and use a small spoon to put goat cheese in the cavity of each of the dates. Then press the date pieces back together.
- Step 4 – Wrap each of the dates with a slice of the bacon and secure it to the date with a toothpick.
- Step 5 – Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and place the bacon wrapped dates on the baking sheet.
- Step 6 – Bake for 8-10 minutes until browned. Then flip each of the dates and bake for 8-10 more minutes until the opposite sides are browned.
- Step 7 – Remove the dates from the oven and let the dates sit for 5 minutes.
- Step 7 – Top the dates with the fresh chopped parsley and then they are ready to serve and enjoy!
- Prosciutto – You can easily wrap the dates in prosciutto instead of bacon. This is delicious variation.
- Turkey Bacon – Turkey Bacon is an easy swap if you prefer a lower fat content than regular piece of bacon.
- Change the Cheese – You can easily use cream cheese or flavored creamy cheese spread to stuff the dates.
- Bacon – There are different types of bacon you can use. We like to use a thicker cut of bacon as it holds up well in the oven.
- Glaze – Add a glaze after baking the goat cheese dates. You can drizzle with honey, maple syrup or you have a side for dipping.
Tips for the Best Bacon Wrapped Dates:
- Baking Dates – Make sure to Preheat oven to 425 degrees. This allows for the bacon to get crispy and the dates tender.
- Serve Warm or Room Temperature – Allow to cool slightly before serving. We think these taste great at room temperature.
- Pit the Dates – Before baking, if you bought sweet dates that have a pit, make sure to remove it. Use a knife to cut the pits out.
- Seam Side – Wrap the bacon around the bacon making sure to close with a toothpick on the seem side. This ensure that the pit doesn’t open.
- Cheese – Instead of goat cheese, you can also stuff with cream cheese or blue cheese. Both are a delicious combination with the dates.
- Bacon – You may need to cut the bacon in thirds so that you don’t a lot of extra bacon after wrapping the dates.
- Crispier Bacon – If you prefer you bacon to be extra crispy, you can bake a little longer or for the last minute broil the dates.
- Wrapping the Dates – When wrapping the dates with the bacon, make sure you only wrap them around once. Otherwise, the bacon will not cook or get crispy.
Can you Freeze Uncooked Bacon Wrapped Dates?
Bacon Wrapped Dates can made ahead of time and refrigerator or placed in the freezer. If you plan on freezing them, place them on a baking sheet to freeze them individually.
Then once they are frozen, place in an air tight container or freezer bag and freeze. They will last about a month in the freezer.
How to Store Leftovers:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. We like to reheat in the oven or air fryer so the bacon is crispy again.
Print Recipe here for Bacon Wrapped Dates:
Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 20 Dates
- 6 oz Goat Cheese softened
- 10 slices Bacon
- Fresh Chopped Parsley optional
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cut each bacon in half and cut each of the dates in half lengthwise. Remove the pits in the dates and use a small spoon to put goat cheese in the cavity of each of the dates. Then press the date pieces back together.
- Wrap each of the dates with a piece of the bacon and secure it to the date with a toothpick.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and place the bacon wrapped dates on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until browned. Then flip each of the dates and bake for 8-10 more minutes until the opposite sides are browned.
- Remove the dates from the oven and let the dates sit for 5 minutes.
- Top the dates with the fresh chopped parsley and then they are ready to serve and enjoy!
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