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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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.

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Dates

36 large, pitted dates
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp whole, roasted almonds (aprox 30 almonds)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 lbs sliced bacon (not thick sliced)
36 toothpicks

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.

Cut dates in half, lengthwise

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, and garlic powder. Finely chop almonds. Add to cream cheese and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Cream cheese and almond mixture

Open package of bacon. Cut all of the bacon slices in half. Set aside.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place wire rack on top of parchment paper and spray rack with cooking spray.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

To assemble:

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.

Bacon wrapped dates ready for the oven

Bake dates for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.

Remove toothpicks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Notes on Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • Be sure to remove the toothpicks before serving!
  • These dates are delicious served warm or at room temperature.
  • You can make these ahead of time and reheat in a 300 degree oven for 5-7 minutes before serving.
  • Skip the thick cut bacon for this recipe. The standard cut available in any grocery store works great.

Cocktail Pairing

Bee's Knees

Salty, creamy, bacon wrapped dates pair well with a tart cocktail. Try a Bee’s Knees.

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 15 minss
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 36 dates 1x

Description

Bacon wrapped dates are perfect for entertaining and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. They look fancy, but come together easily. 


Scale

Ingredients

36 large, pitted dates
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp whole, roasted almonds (aprox 30 almonds)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 lbs sliced bacon (not thick sliced)
36 toothpicks


Instructions

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.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place wire rack on top of parchment paper and spray rack with cooking spray.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

To assemble

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

Bake dates for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.

Remove toothpicks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bacon, dates, cream cheese, appetizer, entertaining, easy, snack

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Delicious & Easy Appetizers

Make something tasty to go along with your happy hour sips. These easy appetizers can be made in advance and reheated (if needed) when you’re ready to snack.

Did you make one of these easy appetizer recipes? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment on the recipe or message me.

Three Cheese Artichoke Dip

This creamy, garlicky three cheese artichoke dip is a delicious alternative to the usual appetizers and sure to be a hit at your next party.

Ingredients

1 – 14 oz can artichoke hearts 
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Rinse, drain, and finely chop the artichoke hearts. 

Place the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream and chopped artichoke hearts. 

Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese along with the Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the cream cheese mixture. 

Mix well to combine. 

Spoon mixture into a greased pie plate. 

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown and edges of dip are bubbling. 

Serve warm with crackers, crostini, or raw veggies. 

Enjoy!

Tips for Three Cheese Artichoke Dip

  • Low fat cream cheese and low fat sour cream work well in this recipe.
  • This dip is best served hot or warm.
  • Serve with crackers, crostini, or raw veggies. I love carrot sticks, red bell pepper strips, celery, and cucumber slices.

Cocktail Pairing

Blackberry Vanilla Martini

This salty, creamy artichoke dip goes well with a tart, crisp Blackberry Vanilla Martini.

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Three Cheese Artichoke Dip

Three Cheese Artichoke Dip


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 min

Description

This creamy, garlicky three cheese artichoke dip is a delicious alternative to the usual appetizers and sure to be a hit at your next party.


Scale

Ingredients

114 oz can artichoke hearts 
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt


Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Rinse, drain, and finely chop the artichoke hearts. 

Place the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream and chopped artichoke hearts. 

Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese along with the Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the cream cheese mixture. 

Mix well to combine. 

Spoon mixture into a greased pie plate. 

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown and edges of dip are bubbling. 

Serve warm with crackers, crostini, or raw veggies. 

Enjoy!

  • Category: Appetizers

Keywords: cheese, cheesy, artichoke, dip, spread, appetizer, snack

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