Monday, July 16, 2012

Gorgonzola Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

We made these stuffed dates last weekend for an appetizer when a couple friends were coming over for dinner.  Bacon is delicious on it's own, but wrapping it around sweet dried dates that are stuffed with tangy Gorgonzola cheese is an amazing combination.  Best of all, these are so easy to prepare, and you can make them in advance and then just bake them right before your guest are coming over.  The bacon gets crispy and the inside stays soft but is bursting with flavor from the cheese filling.  These are already wrapped up with a toothpick so they are easy to serve right out of the oven.

10 strips of bacon, cut in half
20 pitted dates
4 oz Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup softened cream cheese
tooth picks

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Slice the dates in half long ways, cutting only through half of the date so it opens up like a pocket.  Blend the two cheeses together.  Place about a teaspoon of cheese into each date.  

Wrap a half slice of bacon around each date and seal it with a toothpick.  Because you will flip the dates half way through cooking, put the toothpick horizontally through the side instead of from top to bottom.   

Place the dates on a foil covered  baking sheet and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the bacon is light brown and crispy.  (Flip the dates half way through cooking.)  Remove and serve hot!

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