Bacon wrapped dates are perfect for entertaining and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. They look fancy, but come together easily. You can also add a green salad, and call these appetizers your dinner. They're that good.
The filling in most bacon wrapped dates is some kind of cheese. You can use goat cheese or blue cheese, but my favorite is a filling made with plain cream cheese. Why? Because it compliments the other ingredients while letting the sweet/savory flavors of the bacon and dates shine through. Give these bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese a try and find out why they're a favorite appetizer in our house.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Dates
36 large, pitted dates
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp whole, roasted almonds (aprox 30 almonds)
½ tsp garlic powder
2 lbs sliced bacon (not thick sliced)
Using kitchen shears or a small paring knife, cut each date lengthwise on one side. (See image below.) As you do this, check for any remaining pits or hard pieces on the end of the dates. Remove any excess pits and/or hard pieces. Set dates aside.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, and garlic powder. Finely chop almonds. Add to cream cheese and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Open package of bacon. Cut all of the bacon slices in half. Set aside.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Open date slightly at the cut and place aprox ½ teaspoon of cream cheese mixture inside. Press seam together to seal slightly. (Dates should be full but not overflowing.)
Place stuffed date onto the end of a piece of bacon, roll up lengthwise and secure bacon with a toothpick.
Place date onto prepared wrack. Repeat with the rest of the dates.
Bake dates for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.
Remove toothpicks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Tips on Bacon Wrapped Dates
These dates are delicious served warm or at room temperature.
Yes! You can make these up to 24 hours ahead and reheat in a 300 degree oven for 5-7 minutes before serving. You can also save time by making the filling up to 3 days in advance, then just assemble and bake the night you want to serve the dates.
Skip the thick cut bacon for this recipe. The standard cut available in any grocery store works great.
Yes! I've made these dates with regular, low fat and fat free cream cheese - all work great.
Cashews and walnuts work well in this recipe in place of the almonds. Don't use peanuts or pecans. Their flavor is too overwhelming for this dish.
Happy Hour Cocktail Pairing
Salty, creamy, bacon wrapped dates pair well with a tart cocktail. Try a Bee's Knees.