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Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

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These bacon wrapped dates could be served as an appetizer or a dessert. And you can also experiment with what you stuff them with. I

used a hard Kerrygold cheese, but you could do any number of cheeses or nuts. Your holiday guests are sure to delight in these tasty treats!

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

Ingredients

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon, cut in half
  • ¼ pound hard cheese, cut into 20 small pieces (optional)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Make a small incision on one side of each date, then pull the pit out.
  3. Replace the pit with a small piece of hard cheese (you can also use an almond slice or nothing for a dairy free recipe).
  4. After inserting the slice of cheese, carefully squeeze the date to seal up the incision.
  5. Individually wrap each date with a half slice of bacon, then secure it with a toothpick.
  6. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, then arrange the dates on the baking sheet.
  7. Place the sheet of dates in the oven, and roast until the top of the bacon starts crisping (about 6-8 minutes).
  8. Remove the pan from the oven, flip the dates, place the pan back in the oven and then continue to roast until this side of the bacon is crisp.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven again, the brush maple syrup on both sides of the bacon.
  10. Put the pan back in the oven and roast for another 2-4 minutes.
  11. These yummy appetizers (or dessert treats) are best served hot.

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