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Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Dates

Each bite of these simple baked appetizers is an explosion of tastes and textures. You’ll get crunchy almonds, soft dates, salty bacon, creamy blue cheese and sweet honey.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    32 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 16 center-cut bacon strips
  • 32 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 32 blanched almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  • Cut bacon strips in half widthwise. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  • Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of each date, being careful not to cut through completely. Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon cheese and 1 almond. Wrap with 1 piece bacon; secure with a toothpick.
  • Place in foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Brush tops with honey. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Sprinkle with pepper.
To Make Ahead: The stuffed and wrapped dates can be made a day in advance; cover and refrigerate. Brush with honey just before baking.

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