Bacon Wrapped Dates (One Pan)

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Quick and easy bacon wrapped dates recipe, stuffed with goat cheese. This 30 minute appetizer is made with simple ingredients in one pot/ pan.

These bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese are a delicious appetizer that are perfect for serving at dinner parties, tailgating, Super Bowl game day parties  and even New Year’s parties. It’s a bite-sized finger food that’s sweet and salty and always a crowd-pleaser, just like these Bacon Wrapped Smokies (One Pan).

How To Make Bacon Wrapped Dates From Scratch?

  1. Fill dates– Open the end and fill cavity with goat cheese. Then press the end back together.
  2. Wrap dates– Wrap a slice of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place on baking tray– Line it with aluminum foil first.
  4. Bake– At 350 for 8 minutes. Then flip them over and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  5. Enjoy– Serve immediately!

What To Serve With Bacon Dates And Goat Cheese?

Serve these dates with other charcuterie board foods such as:

  • Crackers– Such as butter crackers, cracked pepper, wheat, or whatever you prefer.
  • Breadsticks–  Hard breadsticks work well
  • Bread– Like French bread, sourdough, or ciabatta.
  • Cured meats– Summer sausage, salami, or other smoked meats.
  • Nuts– Such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios, or peanuts.
  • Fruit–  Apples, pears, grapes, cherries, or dried fruit like apricots.

These can also be served with other appetizers such as:

What Cheese Pairs With Dates?

The best cheese to pair with bacon wrapped dates are as follows:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Parmesan slices
  • Gorgonzola
  • Mozzarella

How Do You Pit Dates?

Simply slice an opening in the end of the date and dig the pit out with your fingers or the end of a knife. You can also make a small slice on the side of the date and push against the back of the date to make it pop out. Another option is to buy pitted dates if you want to skip this step entirely.

Variations For Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates?

Wrap in prosciutto– Instead of bacon, simply wrap the dates in prosciutto or even pancetta.

Add maple syrup topping– Drizzle with maple syrup for a sweet and salty version.

Add sugar topping– You can sprinkle brown sugar on top of the bacon and bake accordingly for a caramelized/ candied bacon wrapped date.

Try different cheeses– Stuff with cream cheese, ricotta, whipped feta, blue, brie, or Gorgonzola cheese.

Add herbs and spices to filling– Add basil, chives, dill, parsley, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, or red chili flakes for spice.

Stuff nuts in too– Pistachios or almonds are popular choices.

Leave out cheese– Simply skip this step if you prefer a dairy free option.

Make it vegetarian– Omit the bacon, and bake for a few less minutes.

Tips And Techniques

Don’t use thick cut bacon– It takes too long to cook. It will either be underdone bacon, or the dates will be overdone.

Make ahead instructions–  These can be assembled a day in advance, refrigerated, and baked before guests arrive.

Line the baking tray– Line with aluminum foil, to prevent the bacon from sticking to the tray and ripping when taken off.

Use pitted dates– You can buy pitted dates in order to make preparation even easier and faster.

Remove toothpick before serving– If you don’t want guests to have to hold on to a toothpick, simply remove it before serving. Leave the toothpick in if you prefer an easier take from the serving dish.

Make sure to turn the dates- This ensures that all sides of the bacon get crispy and cooked through.

How do I know when bacon wrapped dates are done? Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Turn the dates, then cook for another 5-7 minutes. The dates are done when the bacon is cooked through.

Storage

Refrigerate– These are best served immediately, but can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Freeze- You can freeze them before cooking them, but I do not recommend after they have been cooked. The texture of the date changes and the goat cheese consistency changes as well.

Reheat– From frozen make sure to thaw in the fridge and then bake according to the recipe. If refrigerated, reheat in the microwave or oven. The bacon will not be as crispy this time.

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Instead of goat cheese, these dates can be stuffed with a cream cheese filling. If you don’t want any cheese, you can even stuff them with just a cashew, pecan or an almond. You can sprinkle some red chili flakes to add a little spice. You can even omit fillings altogether and just wrap each date with bacon.

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One Pan Bacon Wrapped Dates

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy bacon wrapped dates recipe, stuffed with goat cheese. This 30 minute appetizer is made with simple ingredients in one pot/ pan.

Servings: 16 Dates
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: Abeer

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Bacon Cut each strip into half
  • 16 Dates Preferably Medjool dates, Pitted
  • 3/4 cup Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Spread out the opening on top of the dates and fill the cavity with some goat cheese. Press the sides together to close. 

  2. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

  3. Place them on a baking tray, lined with aluminum foil. 

  4. Bake for at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Then, turn them on their sides and bake them for another 5-7 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked. 

  5. Serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

  • Tastes best when served fresh out of the oven but can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pan Bacon Wrapped Dates
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy cooking everyone!

3 comments on “Bacon Wrapped Dates (One Pan)”

  1. These have become a party favorite! I am always on the hunt for easy, yummy appetizers and these are perfect!

  2. Yummazing, definitely going to try this. What about the pits of the dates – should I remove them and put the goat cheese in their place?

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