Our Little Book Company / Pause for Pork: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

04.17.2014

Who doesn’t need a sinfully delicious appetizer idea in their back pocket? For meat lovers, there’s nothing better than a sweet date stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in a big bacon hug. These mouth popping appetizers are exploding with sweet, salty and savory flavors fusing together into one bite that you’ll never forget.

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Makes 20

20 pitted Medjool dates
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
10 slices regular smoked bacon, cut in half crosswise (making 20 smaller slices)
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 orange, zested and juiced

Preheat oven to 450°F.

With a paring knife make a small incision lengthwise down the center third of each date making sure to cut through only one side. Gently stuff each date with 1 teaspoon of blue cheese. Take one bacon piece and wrap around circumference of the date, secure the overlapping seam with a toothpick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes. Turn and bake for an additional 7-9 minutes or until bacon is crisp and cheese begins to ooze.

While dates bake, stir vinegar, orange zest, and juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half and mixture is a thick, syrupy consistency, about 12-15 minutes. Strain sauce through a fine mesh strainer.

Arrange dates on a serving platter and drizzle with glaze.

About the author: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building and has been shooting food photography in Seattle since 1989. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist


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