Last week, the staff in my department went out for our annual Christmas lunch at an Italian restaurant in the downtown Toronto. We ordered bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese. I was a bit skeptical at first, bacon with dates? But then again, anything wrapped in bacon is great! They were delicious and disappeared immediately. The sweetness of the date blends perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon. I am going to make these over the holidays. I am sure my kids will devour them! This is the recipe:
- Medjool dates
- thin sliced bacon
- goat cheese
Slice dates lengthwise down the middle and remove the pit. Spoon a small amount of goat cheese in the opening. Cut a slice of bacon in half and wrap around the date. Then secure it with a toothpick. Repeat these steps for as many dates as you wish to serve. Place the dates on a baking sheet with raised edges (you don't want the grease to drip on your oven). For ease of cleaning, you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for about 10 minutes, remove from oven and turn the dates so the bacon crisps evenly. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes and check for crispness. If they are all evenly crisp, remove from oven and place on a paper towel for 5 minutes, then serve and watch them disappear!