These are good! Most things stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon are… that’s just a given 🙂 The combination of the salty crunchy bacon, the sweet chewy date, and the savory tang of the blue cheese come together to create a great little appetizer. You can also make these with figs, the ones I’ve done here are actually figs but dates have a sweeter taste and would be my preference.
OK, so now take a hunk of blue cheese and give it a rough chop. You can’t really neatly cube blue cheese plus the dates will vary in size so you can pick up and pinch together as much or as little of it as you need for each one.
Wrap the date completely and try to overlap the bacon a bit if you can. You can make these ahead up to this point a day in advance. If you do that, don’t put a toothpick in them cause they will take up more space. Do put a toothpick in them before baking to secure bacon in place.
Line a baking sheet with foil and place a heatproof baking rack on the baking sheet so the grease from the oil will drain. Put them in an oven at 375. Bake until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and turn over dates to get bottom side of bacon crispy. Return to oven and turn to broil to finish off bacon.
Transfer from baking rack to paper towel lined plate to drain off some grease. Serve warm or room temp.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
1 lb pitted dates
1 lb bacon
4-5 oz blue cheese
Slice into dates leaving them partially attached. Roughly chop blue cheese. Stuff dates with blue cheese. Cut bacon into 1/2s to 1/4s depending on size of dates. Wrap dates in bacon and secure with toothpick. Bake at 375 until bacon is crispy. Turn dates and return to oven and broil until all bacon is crispy. Transfer to paper towel lined plate to drain off excess grease. Transfer to serving plate. Serve warm or room temp.