Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

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I originally tried a version of these from one of my CrossFit trainers, Eddie McKenna, when we had a get together at our house.  He brought dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped with bacon.  They were so good!

It’s RARE that I use a recipe as is that I have read or learned of.  I almost always modify it in some way.  I really liked these salty sweet nuggets but wanted to amp it up a bit and add a few more levels of flavor and texture.  Combinations of salty and sweet are so good when you add some spice and some sharp creaminess, as well.  Adding blue cheese and chipotle powder really knocks these out of the park!

Ingredients: medjool dates; whole raw unsalted almonds; bacon; blue cheese; chipotle powder.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.comCut a slit lengthwise in the date and remove the pit

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Place a whole almond inside each date

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Cut off chunks of blue cheese

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.comPress a chunk of blue cheese into each date

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Remember chipotle chile powder, that wonderful spice I introduced you to when we made the Twice-baked Chipotle Bacon Sweet Potatoes?  We’re going to use it again! Sprinkle chipotle chile powder, using as little or as much as you like.  This adds something really special to this appetizer so don’t skip this step.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Open a pack of bacon and cut each slice into 3 pieces.  I was short about 3 slices to wrap all of the dates so I had to open another pack of bacon.  It just depends on how many dates you make.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

This is the original picture I took when I first started rolling the stuffed date in bacon, but later figured out a better technique.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of starting from one end and rolling it like you see in the picture, try this (it was easier and the bacon stayed wrapped around the date during baking)…stretch the bacon as much as you can, put it over the top of the date, and wrap both ends under the date as tightly as you can.  You want the cheese side of the date to stay facing up.

Place the rolled dates on a baking sheet or stone.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

I placed each one on a napkin after to get off the excess oil.  I did have a few that the bacon popped open on because of the original way I was rolling them.  But they were still tasty!! 🙂

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

You’re going to LOVE these salty, sweet, spicy, creamy nuggets of yummy goodness! Thanks, Eddie, for the jumpstart of this recipe!

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: LittleCajunGirl.com

Click here for a printable PDF recipe card Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

 

Ingredients:

Medjool dates

Whole raw unsalted almonds

Blue cheese

Chipotle chile powder

1-2 packs of bacon

Directions:

1. Cut lengthwise slit in date and remove pit.

2. Stuff each date with a whole almond then a small chunk of blue cheese.

3. Sprinkle with chipotle chile powder.

4. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Wrap each date in a piece of bacon by stretching the bacon, placing it over top of date, and wrapping each end under the date as tightly as possible. You want the cheese side to be facing up.  Place on baking sheet.

5. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes.  Place on napkins to drain excess oil.

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