Hello, holiday appetizer bliss! This is my way of making bacon wrapped dates: Stuffed with soft goat cheese and pecans and baked to crispy-decadent perfection.
I don’t know about you, but with three little kids? I don’t encounter a lot of appetizer opportunities. And when I do, I need something EASY 😅
Things like a Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Dip or a bowl of homemade Guacamole might work well for a casual get-together, but I always turn to these bacon wrapped dates when I need an appetizer for Christmas or other holiday feasts.
These are incredibly easy to make – just stuff dates with soft goat cheese and pecans, wrap them in bacon and bake them for 10-15 minutes. The most important part? Serve them while warm, to make sure the cheese is still soft and oozy!
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Make this easy holiday appetizer whenever you want to impress your guests with something truly delicious - no need to tell them how quick these are to pull together!
- 30 dried dates
- 4oz soft goat cheese
- 30 pecan nuts
- 15 slices bacon, cut in half
- Prep: Heat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
- Assemble: Stuff each date with a scant teaspoon of goat cheese and a pecan, then wrap in half a slice of bacon.
- Bake: Bake in the hot oven for 13-15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and cheese is oozing. Serve as soon as the dates are cool enough to touch.
Dates: I just use the regular dried dates here (I don't buy the much more expensive Medjool dates for this recipe, just plain old dried dates). I have also been served these using prunes (dried plums), and they were delicious.
Goat cheese: Use a soft variety that doesn't crumble too much. I used plain Chavrie brand (not sponsored, just our favorite goat cheese). If you don't like goat cheese, it's fine to use cream cheese or Boursin instead. I have also hear people make this with blue cheese, if that's more your thing.
Pecans: You can use walnut halves or even salted/roasted almonds in place of the pecans. If you don't want to add nuts, you can just leave them out.
Bacon: If you want to go all out, use prosciutto or pancetta in place of the bacon. But bacon works very well and it's what I always use!
Pan: The bacon will release a lot of bacon fat in the oven, use a deep pan in place of the baking sheet if you want to keep it from splattering everywhere.
Make Ahead Instructions:
You can assemble the dates up to a day ahead. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to bake, then bake them according to the recipe (you may need to add a couple extra minutes, as the dates will be cold from the fridge).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 114mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g