Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Appetizer

Edie is hosting an appetizer link party this week and I am so excited! Lots of yummy new recipes to add to the book before Christmas. Today, I am sharing one of my favorite apps of all time - bacon wrapped dates...Holy.Deliciousness. The first time I experienced this appetizer party in my mouth was at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba in Chicago. My recipe is a slightly different, but equally delicious version found below.

12 Pitted dates
1/2 Cup cream cheese (or any cheese you choose - goat cheese is delicious, too)
1/2 Cup brown sugar
4 - 5 slices of bacon 


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
Slice dates in half, and open them up
Pinch off pieces of cream cheese, and place them into the center of the dates
Close the halves of the dates, roll them in brown sugar, and wrap with a half-slice of bacon
Secure each date with a toothpick
Place in baking dish 
Bake for 20 minutes, or until bacon is crisp
Turn dates over after first 10 minutes for even cooking
Serve over bed of spinach drizzled with balsamic for a lovely holiday display



  1. Too funny, I posted the same thing. I stuff my dates with smoked almonds or Macadamia nuts. This is always the first thing gone of the buffet :0)

  2. give me bacon wrapped anything and i'm a happy camper!
    thanks so much for joining :)


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