I don’t often do appetizers unless I’m entertaining (which is less often than I’d like to admit). But I have been on a date kick. They are just delicious! There are lots of recipes floating out there for bacon wrapped dates – and why not! Sweet, savory and well, Paleo.
I like to dip my dates in sunflower butter, hence the inspiration for this post. So why not stuff the dates with almond slivers and sunflower butter and then wrap them bacon?! Personally, I could not think of a good reason not to, so here it is 🙂 In addition, I decided that some gorgonzola stuffed dates would be equally delicious 😉
These make great appetizers or a snack. They take about 30 minutes to make, start to finish. This recipe makes 12 stuffed dates.
For this recipe you’ll need:
6 strips of bacon
Sliced or whole almonds
12 dates, pitted
3-4 T. sunflower butter
3-4 T. gorgonzola cheese
Preheat the oven to 375F and cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
First, cook the bacon about halfway in a pan, on the oven, or on the grill. Why? This cuts down the actual oven time for the dates so 1) the dates don’t overcook, and 2) the bacon gets crisped. I used the George Foreman to cook mine.
While the bacon is cooking, pit your dates if they didn’t come pitted. You should be able to break open the date and take out the pit without fully breaking the date in half. If your dates came pitted, you’ll still need to break open the dates to stuff them. It will look kind of like a heart.
Next, put a few almond slices or a whole almond into the center of the date. (By this time your bacon should be done, so set aside.)
Now, I chose to make half of my dates filled with cheese and half filled with sunflower butter. Put just enough cheese or sunflower butter in the date to fill the opening, but do not over fill.
Now, cut your bacon strips in half. Each half should wrap your date if they’re not overstuffed. If you decide you’re gonna go balls to the wall with your stuffed dates you can use a whole strip of bacon – bacon is delicious 😉 After the dates are wrapped, use a toothpick inserted through the bacon and date to secure the bacon to the date.
Lastly, place the dates in the oven, close to the top rack. You want to crisp the bacon so having the sheet closer to the heating elements is not a bad thing here. Bake the dates for about 15 minutes. I also broiled my on High for an additional 2 minutes to ensure bacon crisp.
Let them cool slightly before serving.