These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with goat cheese, covered in bacon, then brushed with maple syrup before they go into the oven to bake to perfection. A super easy and unique 4 ingredient appetizer!
When I’m looking to serve something a little unexpected at a party, I turn to these bacon wrapped dates. They’re fun to eat, simple to make and always get rave reviews from family and friends.
How do you make bacon wrapped dates?
This recipe starts with large Medjool dates. Cut each date open and remove the pit. Fill the dates with goat cheese, then wrap each date in a slice of bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick. Brush the dates with maple syrup, then bake until the bacon is golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve immediately and enjoy.
How do you pit dates?
The easiest way to pit a date is to use a small paring knife. Cut a line lengthwise down each date. The cut should be about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, you’ll know when to stop when your knife hits the pit. Gently pull the date open and remove the pit. You can also buy pre-pitted dates at many grocery stores which makes prep time go much faster.
Tips for the perfect appetizer
- You can use a small spoon to fill your dates, or a piping bag fitted with a plain tip.
- Do not use thick cut bacon for this recipe, it will take much longer to cook.
- You can serve your dates with the toothpicks intact, or remove the toothpicks for a more elegant presentation.
- Be sure to turn your dates occasionally as they cook so that the bacon will crisp up on all sides.
- You can asssemble your dates up to 8 hours before you plan to bake them.
Bacon wrapped dates variations
This is an easy and simple way to do bacon wrapped dates, but there are many different ways to customize this recipe to your tastes.
- Coating: Try wrapping your dates in prosciutto or pancetta instead of bacon. If you use prosciutto, just be aware that the cook time will be reduced.
- Cheese: Instead of goat cheese, use cream cheese, blue cheese or a mixture of cheeses.
- Fillings: It is very common to add nuts to stuffed dates. Add a whole almond or a pecan half for a bit of added crunch.
- Spices: You can mix spices into your goat cheese such as Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder or onion powder. Fresh herbs such as minced chives are also a nice touch.
Can you reheat bacon wrapped dates?
These dates can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated for later use. Place chilled dates on a sheet pan, then bake at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until dates are warmed through and bacon is crisp.
Everyone will be so impressed when you bring this fun snack to your next gathering. That sweet and salty combination just can’t be beat!
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Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 20 Medjool dates pits removed
- 6 ounces goat cheese softened
- 10 slices bacon cut in half
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
- Use a small spoon or a piping bag to stuff each date with about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Press each date shut.
- Wrap each date in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Brush the maple syrup all over the wrapped dates.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until bacon is browned and crispy.
- Sprinkle with parsley then serve immediately.