As promised, I am posting the recipes from our Sweetheart Dinner last week. Dinner began with three delicious appetizers; the Bacon Wrapped Dates with Herbed Goat Cheese were scrumptious. Savory herbs blended into tangy goat cheese, stuffed inside sweet dates, and wrapped with bacon for a uniquely sweet, savory, smoky appetizer. Applewood-smoked bacon from our local, natural butcher wrapped up these little jewels perfectly; the goat cheese was a great finish.
Dates soften as they cook, so it is important to get the bacon crispy for a complementary texture. They are quite rich, so plan a serving size of just 2-3 per person. Substitute any favorite herbs to suit personal preference or to save purchasing something you don’t ordinarily use for such a small amount (though trying new things is always fun). Simple, elegant, and satisfying, these gems are a great choice for holidays and parties.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with
Herbed Goat Cheese
12 large Medjool dates
6 slices bacon
4-5 tablespoons goat cheese — softened
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley — minced
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 small clove garlic — minced
Mix the goat cheese with the garlic and herbs. Pit dates by slicing one side with a paring knife and remove pit. Set dates aside.
Close date and wrap 1 piece of bacon around width of each date; trim excess bacon so it does not overlap.
Check every few minutes to turn with tongs, as needed, to brown evenly.
Cool briefly before serving.
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