Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Last week Ean and I were headed to Sugarfish for date night. Once we arrived we were told the wait would be an hour and that they would give us a call. We were starving so we decided to walk home and make bacon-wrapped date appetizers, because why not. Don’t all couples go home to make their own appetizer if they have to wait? The timing was perfect as we got the call after our first bite. Now that is what I call a successful bacon-wrapped date night.
If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, look no further. Every single time I have put these little bites out at a party they have disappeared within five minutes. Simple ingredients, some manual labor and a long cook time will result in a delicious mix of sweet and salty that will earn you praise at your next potluck.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
Makes 32 dates

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 20-30 min

1 pound of Mejdool dates, pitted
1 pound of pre-cooked bacon, sliced in half (see below to use uncooked bacon)
4 oz of blue cheese
Maple Syrup (optional)
Almonds (optional)
32 toothpicks

INSTRUCTIONS:

You have two choices: use uncooked bacon or pre-cooked bacon. I like the crispiness of the pre-cooked one so you can either find it at the store or pre-cook the bacon at 400°F (205°C) for about 8 to 10 minutes. Pat it down to remove the excess grease.
Ovens differ so use your best judgement to adjust cooking time.

If using uncooked bacon:
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190 °C).
Stuff your dates with blue cheese and the optional almond. Wrap one half of a slice of bacon around and put a toothpick through it to hold everything together. Repeat the process with all the dates.
Lay them out on parchment paper and cook for about 30 min, flipping them halfway through.
Let them cool slightly and dip in a little maple syrup (optional).

If using pre-cooked bacon:
Reduce the temperature of the oven to 375°F (190 °C).
Stuff your dates with blue cheese and the optional almond. Wrap one half of a slice of bacon around and put a toothpick through it to hold everything together. Repeat the process with all the dates.
Lay them out on parchment paper and cook for another 10 minutes.
Let them cool slightly and dip in a little maple syrup (optional).

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