Dates are highly underrated.
I think I spent about 35 years on this planet before I ever had a date. Why? I don't know. Maybe they weren't readily available in the 80's or 90's or maybe nobody knew what to make with them. Or maybe people just overlooked them and only stumbled on delicious date recipes recently. Or maybe everyone knew and I just missed out for years.
Whatever the case, you should put dates on your holiday menu! They are like nature's candy. Sweet and chewy and they go perfectly with some tangy goat cheese all wrapped up in some crispy, salty bacon with a little hot honey drizzled over them.
These Hot Honey Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are somewhat of a texture and explosion: chewy, crispy, creamy, sticky, sweet, cheesy, and salty. If you love dates, then these are for you!
Hot Honey Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
by Jessica Merchant
2o Medjool dates
10 slices bacon
4 ounces goat cheese
hot honey, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the dates open lengthwise (do not cut the entire way through!) and remove the pits. Stuff the inside of the dates with some of the goat cheese.
Cut each slice of bacon into half or thirds (depending on the length of your bacon). You want a length of bacon that will wrap around your dates without overlapping (overlapping bacon won't cook well). Secure with a toothpick. Place the dates on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up.
Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the dates over using tongs and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the bacon is crispy and crunchy on all sides.
Remove the dates and drizzle with hot honey. Serve immediately!