Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Dates


We have a couple of birthdays to celebrate within our extended family this week so I though why not make a fun appetizer.  I have always been fascinated by bacon wrapped dates, but never had the chance to try them.  This was a perfect appetizer to make for a large crowd because it only takes a few minutes to make dozens of these and then throw them in the oven to bake.  Most of the recipes I have seen call for goat cheese, but since I decided to make these at the last minute and didn't have any goat cheese. I decided to substitute some jazzed up cream cheese instead.   I thought this appetizer was a perfect touch of sweet and savory. 

Ingredients: (I will not give quantities since you can make as many or as few as you like)
Pitted Dates
Cream Cheese
Granulated Onion Powder to taste
Red Chili Flakes
Black Pepper and Salt to taste
minced seeded jalapeno or serrano chilies (seeded)

Coat once side of the cream cheese with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and some minced chilies. Then chill it very well so it's firm enough to use a sharp knife to cut into small cubes.  The firmer and colder the cream cheese the less mess it is to stuff into the dates.
Note: 4oz brick of cream cheese will make at least 24-30 stuff dates.

Cut a slit in the pitted dates with a pair of kitchen scissors so you have an opening to stuff the date.

Take the bacon and cut it in half so there is half a slice of bacon to wrap around each date.

Take the seasoned cream cheese and place in the date opening (seasoned side down). Gently close the the date and wrap firmly with the bacon. Secure bacon and date with a toothpick.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 or until bacon is crispy.  Enjoy.
Note: cover baking tray with foil for easy clean up. 


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  1. My first thought when I saw the title, "oh hell yes" lol. Bacon wrapped anything is great, wrapping dates when they're in season is even better. Thanks for sharing Ramona, have a good one =]

  2. I love this appetizer but i make it with apricots! i will try your recipe ,too!!!!

  3. Man, these look good! And this is a very different recipe than I've seen before! YUM!

  4. Hi Ramona,

    I've also always wanted to try the combination. They look like they taste incredible. Thanks for sharing :)

    (P.S. I made Sri Lankan food for the first time last night, from a cookbook, and loved it. I'm hooked, can't wait to try more. I'll have to see what I can try from your recipes ;) )

  5. Wow - this is the first time I've heard of bacon with dates like this! Loving it. Makes a change to the classic prune. Enjoy the birthday parties!

  6. great recipe idea for apetizer,sound like you are having fun already with this preparation :)

  7. Yum! This sounds delicious! I've seen it with goat cheese but I bet the cream cheese is a wonderful alternate. I have to try these out!

  8. I love bacon wrapped dates! It's the perfect combination of sweet and savory. And they're great for parties, I love how easy they are to make and serve :) Beautifully done!

  9. LOVE these Ramona! I have had them but never made them. I think you are inspiring me to get them a whirl!

  10. I've had these at parties, but never made them on my own before. You're simple! And they always seem to go over well :)

  11. I love bacon-wrapped anything so these would be a great, easy appetizer to prepare! The cream cheese is a good touch too!

  12. i will suggests this for my up coming birthday oh yeah! parte parte!
    anyone is invited you can come also hahas!.
    great post dear! ! ! 3 days left :)

  13. Very attractive and mouthwatering appetizer.
    Cuisine Delights
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  14. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before! What a brilliant idea.

  15. This is such a wonderful recipe..Thanks for posting it..Bookmarked..


  16. These look outrageous and why haven't I had or made these before. All of that is about to change. Thank you!

  17. Oh, yeah, these are one of my favorite appetizers...and your twists make it even better than what I've made! YUM!

  18. I have never had a bacon wrapped date. You make me want to go make them right now. They look GREAT!

  19. One word... OMG (or is that three words?) :)

  20. Whoa! These look amazing!!! I cannot thing of a more sweet and savory match! And actually, I think I will like your substitution of cream cheese better! pictures are beautiful! LOVE this! : )

  21. This is amazing! You know we always say anything is better with bacon, but THIS one truly looks better! YUM!

  22. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE bacon wrapped dates, or bacon wrapped anything for that matter. :) I do have to admit that I've never have cheese in the bacon wrapped dates that I've tried. It sounds absolutely delicious and a must try!

  23. Yum, I have always done my bacon wrapped dates with almonds but this makes a nice change! I will have to try it for one of the appetizer parties this week!

  24. yummmm! i just happened to see this in your recipe categories over there--->
    so glad I did! I have literally been craving these recently. Definitely using your recipe, soon! :)


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