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Bacon Wrapped Dates are a simple 4-ingredient sweet and salty appetizer. Dates are stuffed with goat cheese, covered in bacon, then brushed with honey before baking into the perfect party food.
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Table of Contents
  1. Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
  2. Why We Love This Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates
  7. How Do I Pit My Dates?
  8. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  9. Storage
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. More Easy Appetizers
  12. Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

This easy Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is a super simple 4 ingredient appetizer that makes the perfect crowd-pleasing party food.

Soft and rich goat cheese is stuffed inside plumped up sweet dates, wrapped in salty bacon, brushed with honey, and baked into the best small-sized bite.

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Our Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat cheese hors d’oeuvres are quick and easy to prepare in just minutes and make the most delicious sweet, salty, and tangy combination with creamy chèvre in the middle.

Simply slice your dates open, remove the pit, and you’ve created the perfect pocket for stuffing with your favorite cheese or nut fillings!

This recipe for bacon wrapped dates is the perfect pairing of tastes and textures: soft, sweet Medjool dates, filled with smooth goat cheese, wrapped in salty, smoky bacon, drizzled with honey, and baked until crispy.

Just the right size for placing on the buffet, serving during cocktail hour, or passing around at a party, you can’t beat a caramelized chewy date that’s been covered in crispy bacon and brushed with a glorious glaze.

Why We Love This Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Only uses 4 ingredients.
  • Bacon-wrapped dates are naturally gluten-free.
  • Soft, melty goat cheese sits inside a warm, plumped-up date, all surrounded by a slice of salty bacon.
  • Sweet and salty appetizer can be customized with your favorite fillings.
  • Perfect hors d’oeuvres for a party, on a buffet table, or as an accompaniment to cocktails.

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Ingredients

  • Medjool dates
  • Goat cheese
  • Bacon
  • Honey

Substitutions and Additions

  • Grab Your Glaze: Instead of honey, you can brush the top of the bacon with maple syrup or fruit preserves before or after baking.
  • Replace The Wrap: You can try wrapping your dates in prosciutto or pancetta instead of bacon. However, keep in mind that the cook time will be altered.
  • Choose Your Cheese: Although I am partial to the taste of tangy goat cheese in this recipe, you can experiment with your other favorite flavors. Try making your dates stuffed with cream cheese, blue cheese, gouda, brie, Boursin, ricotta, or even a mixture of cheeses.
  • Create Some Crunch: Feel free to add nuts to your stuffed dates. You can place a whole almond or a pecan half in the center for a bit of added crunch.
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  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
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How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates

  1. Stuff The Dates: Remove the pits from the dates and stuff them with the goat cheese.
  2. Wrap With Bacon: Wrap a slice of bacon around each date and place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Drizzle with honey.
  3. Bake: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, flip the dates over, and drizzle with the remaining honey. Bake for an additional 10-13 minutes until the bacon is crispy.
  4. Serve: Serve warm and enjoy!

How Do I Pit My Dates?

The easiest way to pit a date is to use a small paring knife. Cut a slit lengthwise down each date, keeping them attached on one side. Gently pull the date open and remove the pit. If you can find pitted dates, you can purchase those to save the step of pitting the dates yourself.

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • Feel free to secure the bacon with a toothpick. You can serve your dates with the toothpicks intact, or remove them for a more polished presentation.
  • Make sure to flip the dates as they cook so that the bacon becomes crispy on all sides.
  • You can find dates in either the produce section of the grocery store in a carton or in a bag near the raisins and prunes.
  • To save time, you can use pre-pitted dates.

Storage

  • To Store: Store your bacon wrapped dates in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use thick-cut bacon or classic-cut bacon?

For this recipe, you will want to use classic-cut bacon. Using thick-cut bacon will leave you with a chewy texture instead of the crispy bacon texture. They are also thin and flexible, making them ideal for wrapping. And because they cook faster than thick-cut bacon, you will reduce the risk of overcooking the dates.

Why drizzle the honey on the dates?

I love drizzling the honey on the dates because it helps give the appetizer a salty-sweet flavor. It also makes a delicious glaze to the outside of the bacon.

Can I prepare my dates in advance?

Yes, you can prepare your dates up to a day in advance. Assemble the dates according to the directions, place them into an airtight container, and store them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet and bake as directed.

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5 from 1 vote
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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Serves — 10
Bacon Wrapped Dates are a simple 4-ingredient sweet and salty appetizer. Dates are stuffed with goat cheese, covered in bacon, then brushed with honey before baking into the perfect party food.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 22 pieces Medjool dates
  • 4 ounces goat cheese room temperature
  • 11 slices bacon cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Cut a slit lengthwise down the dates, keeping them attached on one side. Remove the pits and stuff the dates with the goat cheese.
  • Wrap a slice of bacon around each date.
  • Place the dates onto the sheet pan and drizzle half the honey over the tops of the dates.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Then flip them over and drizzle the remaining honey on top. Continue to bake for 10-13 minutes until the bacon is crispy.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store your bacon wrapped dates in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.
Tips:
  • Feel free to secure the bacon with a toothpick. You can serve your dates with the toothpicks intact, or remove them for a more polished presentation.
  • Make sure to flip the dates as they cook so that the bacon becomes crispy on all sides.
  • You can find dates in either the produce section of the grocery store in a carton or in a bag near the raisins and prunes.
  • To save time, you can use pre-pitted dates.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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