These Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese are almost the perfect party appetizer. Easy, delicious, and easy to eat while mingling!
Whether you're planning a small intimate gathering or a large, boisterous outdoor BBQ, there's one appetizer that is sure to please all of the meat eaters: bacon-wrapped dates.
Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese
Everybody knows this dish, right? Even people who do not normally like dates AT ALL (including me!) love this dish.
Why? Bacon. Bacon is the gateway food to normally shunned food like dates.
To add another delicious layer of flavors, stuff the dates with goat cheese. The creaminess of the goat cheese complements the saltiness of the bacon and the sweetness of the dates. It's a trifecta flavor combo that will always be a crowd favorite!
The easiest party appetizer you'll make
For those who are short on time, this dish takes no time at all. And - dare I say - it takes almost no skill! This is a professional chef's and a non-cook's recipe, for sure.
They are SO simple and yet, these are always a crowd pleaser at any gathering of friends and family. It's almost the perfect appetizer for meat eaters!
How do you make bacon-wrapped dates?
Take a package of pitted dates and stuff them with goat cheese.
Then, wrap each stuffed date with bacon. Use a toothpick to hold the bacon wrapped around the dates.
Bake for 20-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven for up to 30 minutes before serving.
The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.
What wine to serve with this bacon appetizer
The saltiness of the bacon balanced with the sweetness of the dates pairs very well with the bold Cabernet Sauvignon.
So the next time you are having friends over or if you're throwing a party for any occasion, I'd heartily recommend serving these Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese recipe. Makes entertaining a delightful, successful breeze!
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese Recipe
Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese
- One 8-ounce package of pitted dates
- Small log 6 or 8 oz of goat cheese
- 8-10 bacon strips each cut into thirds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Most packages of pitted dates contain dates that are split open on one side. If you find any that are not split open, use kitchen shears to carefully slice dates on one side.
- Take a small amount of goat cheese and stuff into the middle of each date. Use just enough goat cheese to almost fill the gap in each date; do NOT overstuff!
- Wrap each date with a cut strip of bacon, placing the slit opening of the date down against the first edge of the bacon strip before rolling it, so that the opening of the date is wrapped carefully in the middle of the rolled bacon strip. Basically, you want to make sure the goat cheese isn't allowed to ooze out of the date while it's cooking.
- To help ensure the bacon doesn't unwrap, place the opening side of the bacon wrap down against the baking sheet. You can also use a toothpick to make sure each piece stays tightly together. Spread bacon wrapped dates about an inch apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until bacon is fully cooked, turning the baking sheet around halfway to ensure even baking.
- If you didn't already use toothpicks, place a toothpick through the middle of each bacon wrapped date, and set out about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
This post was originally published as part of another post on March 21, 2014. It was revised as its own recipe post with new content and photos on April 17, 2020.