Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese and Pecans
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe is one tasty appetizer! Everyone loves a good bacon wrapped recipe, and these bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese and pecans are out of this world. They're perfect for game day and New Year's Eve!
Heat oven to 375°F and set the oven rack to middle position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Open the dates lengthwise where they have been opened to remove the pits. If a date isn’t easy to open, slice it lengthwise but not all the way through.
With a small spoon, partially fill the cavity of both sides of the date with goat cheese.
For each date, place a pecan half in the middle of one side and press the sides together to close the date.
Wrap each date with ½ half slice of bacon (*see note) and secure with a toothpick.
With the toothpick, dip each prepared date in brown sugar and press the brown sugar all around the date.
Place the date on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all dates have been filled.
Bake the dates at 375°F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the dates over. Bake an additional 8 minutes. To caramelize the brown sugar on the dates, set the oven to broil and broil the dates about 1 minute per side. Watch the dates closely once the dates are under the broiler.
Remove the pan to a cooling rack and set the dates on a plate to cool to touch.
The dates can be served as is or, if a smaller bite is desired, cut each date into 3-4 slices and serve as “pinwheels”.
Yield: 18 dates (or 50 pinwheels)
*Note: The bacon will crisp better if wrapped around the date in one layer. Trim the bacon only long enough to wrap around once with just enough overlap to secure the toothpick through the bacon. If the bacon is too thick, it won’t crisp properly.
Serving: 2dates | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.8mg