How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Salty and sweet — that's the beautiful flavor combination you'll find in each bite of a bacon-wrapped date. Smokey bacon, melted cheese and rich fruit unite in such a pleasing way, it's no wonder this dish is a consistent crowd-pleaser. You can stuff these dates with different kinds of cheeses, like goat cheese or cream cheese, but rest assured, they taste just as great without any cheese at all.

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Things You'll Need

  • 12 medjool dates

  • 6 small balls of mozzarella, cut in half

  • 4-6 pieces of bacon

  • 12 toothpicks

  • Paring knife

  • Parchment paper

  • Baking sheet

Step 1

Heat oven to 400° F. Cut a small slit into each date from top to bottom and remove the pit.

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Step 2

Stuff each date with a piece of cut mozzarella. Once stuffed, try to pinch the date closed again as much as possible.

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Tip

These dates taste great with other types of cheeses, too! Try substituting the mozzarella for about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese or cream cheese.

Step 3

Cut the bacon strips either in half or into thirds — whatever allows the date to be wrapped only one time around. Place the date (cut side down) onto the end of a strip of bacon and roll. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat this process until all of the dates are wrapped.

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Step 4

Place the dates onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Step 5

Bake dates for 18-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until the bacon is cooked through and crisp. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and enjoy!

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