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Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese - poet in the pantry

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese...or Little Bites of Heaven

Carrie @ poet in the pantry
This recipe is a bit loosey-goosey in that you will really use as much as you need to make as many as you need. But I've given you approximate amounts for an 8-ounce package of bacon, to simplify matters.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 6 -8

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces bacon strips
  • 18-20 dates
  • 2 ounces +/- crumbled blue cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out the strips of bacon evenly across it, making sure none are overlapping.
  • Pop baking sheet in the oven and set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, split the dates in half (most of mine were already split--just needed to discover where) and stuff with blue cheese. I found a butter knife to be quite useful in smooshing the cheese inside. Squeeze closed and set aside.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven. Divide each strip into 2-3 pieces (it'll depend on how long the strips are as to whether or not you can divide in 3 and be able to wrap your dates).
  • Starting at one short end, place a date split side down and roll the bacon around it. Secure with a toothpick and set aside.
  • Line the baking sheet with a fresh piece of parchment paper. Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on it, being careful not to crowd them too much.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, the remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain some of the fat.
  • Arrange on serving platter and drizzle with maple syrup before serving.