Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. These are delicious and very easy to make for a party. You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 appetizers
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Slice dates in half, and open them up. Pinch off pieces of blue cheese, and place them into the center of the dates. Close the halves of the dates, and wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside. Secure each one with a toothpick. Arrange in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides to catch any grease.

  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bacon is crisp. Turn dates over after the first 20 minutes for even cooking.

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 10.8g 4% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.8mg 3% DV; sodium 157.3mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2005
These dates are served at a downtown tapas restaurant in Atlanta; a friend of mine who raved about them taled me into trying one although I have never particularly cared for dates. I am so happy I did. These are wonderful, easy to make and your guests will be coming back for more - that is if you want to serve them to guests - I might be inclined to keep them all for myself. A good glass of red wine and you have a real treat! Note: the restaurant mentioned grills theirs to the point where the bacon becomes blackened on the top. Either way, if you grill or bake them, I suggest doing so on a rack so that they don't sit any grease that comes from the bacon. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2005
These were good but the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds were by far the bigger hit at the party... even the blue cheese fanatics prefered the "crunch" of the almond stuffed version. Good but will stick to the other (which were easier to work with as well). Read More
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374 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 68
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2005
These dates are served at a downtown tapas restaurant in Atlanta; a friend of mine who raved about them taled me into trying one although I have never particularly cared for dates. I am so happy I did. These are wonderful, easy to make and your guests will be coming back for more - that is if you want to serve them to guests - I might be inclined to keep them all for myself. A good glass of red wine and you have a real treat! Note: the restaurant mentioned grills theirs to the point where the bacon becomes blackened on the top. Either way, if you grill or bake them, I suggest doing so on a rack so that they don't sit any grease that comes from the bacon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2007
I read all of the reviews before making this recipe and decided to try all recommended variations because it is such an easy recipe. I have to say either way you go any variation is delicious: blue cheese ricotta gorgonzola adding brown sugar wine reduction and almonds. BUT...I think my favorite is the bacon rolled in brown sugar stuffed with smoked almonds and blue cheese with a wine reduction. It is much tastier with the brown sugar believe me! I think my second favoriate was the dates stuffed with ricotta. But regardless of the cheese you use - you can't go wrong I would definitely add almonds to the mix as the crunch is very nice. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
my cousin made these for the holidays '2007' but what she did was she reduced balsamic vinegar to a thick sauce..and used it for dipping..OMG!!! IT WAS HEAVEN...two dozen were gone in 15 minutes!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2006
These are absolutely heavenly! I did a test-run before the party... my guess is they'll be gorgeous with a champagne cocktail or a nice white wine (even a Chardonnay might be good). I tried some with Old Amsterdam cheese (like Gouda) and some with almonds - both turned out great! I used Medjool dates which are very plump and rich. Also I found that there was no real need to use a toothpick - the bacon stayed wrapped by itself. Lastly I baked them on a broil pan so the bacon grease had a place to drip into. I can't wait to serve these to my guests!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2011
I did make modifications to mine since I don't like blue cheese, so my rating doesn't apply to that part. It's a great base recipe to try different stuffing in the dates. I used feta and slivered almonds and they fit perfectly in the dates. The cooking and the directions worked great. The cheese stayed put and the dates were delicious. I used skewers and put 5-6 dates on one skewer to save toothpicks and the amount of time I had to flip each date. I just had to flip the skewers and it was easy to pop the dates off and put them in a dish. Putting them on a skewer also helped keep the bacon stay put. So tasty! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2007
Oh. My. God. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2005
These were good but the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds were by far the bigger hit at the party... even the blue cheese fanatics prefered the "crunch" of the almond stuffed version. Good but will stick to the other (which were easier to work with as well). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2007
I've always ordered these at one of my favorite tapas restaurants here in Chicago. So this past weekend I decided to make some for a cocktail party I was hosting. Instead of blue cheese, I filled the dates with slivered almonds and baked them for 20 minutes in a 450 degree oven. They turned out crispy and delicious. A HUGE hit with my guests. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2007
I stuffed the dates with smoked almonds and blue cheese then drizzled a red wine reduction over them just before serving. Sooooo yummy!! Read More
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