I wanted to make a snack that would be the perfect little bite. Something that could go before a meal or be a nice treat after. I had some dates and decided to stuff those with creamy earthy goat cheese then wrap them in savory smokey bacon. These turned out better than I could have hoped and paired so well with the 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon that Cultivar Wine recently sent me.
My husband is a HUGE fan of these little dates. He basically wants them available at all times so he can enjoy a date or two in the evenings. This is very high praise, he doesn’t usually request things to have on hand.
They are super simple to make but give the illusion of being very fancy. Their decadent taste certainly helps support the hype. Perfect for get-togethers and special occasions. Or just because it’s Tuesday, your choice. No judging from me.
Andrea’s Maple Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
- 12 Dates, split and pitted (**See Note)
- 6 Slices of Bacon, cut in half
- 4 oz Goat Cheese
- 1 TBSP Maple Syrup
- 2 tsp Light Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 375 and line a small baking sheet with foil, brush the olive oil all over the foil. Make sure the dates are not cut in half but just split down the middle lengthwise. Fill each date with some goat cheese (about 1/2 tsp each) and then wrap in bacon. Make sure the seam side is down when you place the dates on the baking sheet. Continue until all dates are stuffed and wrapped.
Place baking sheet in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Watch to be sure the bacon doesn’t burn. Right before removing the dates from the oven, brush each date with maple syrup. Continue to bake for another two minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve immediately or can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container.
**I used regular dates but you can use medjool dates if preferred. Those are larger so you may need more goat cheese for the filling.
You can get even fancier and used bourbon barrel aged maple syrup if you like.
I highly recommend making a big batch of these if you will be having them at a gathering because they will go quickly! One batch is perfect for date night but you’ll need more for a bigger crowd.
Since these guys are on the sweeter side I decided to pair them with Cultivar Wine’s 2013 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon which worked beautifully. The black pepper and tobacco notes brought out the smokiness of the bacon and maple syrup while the dryer finish helped balance out the sweetness. The wine also accentuated the creaminess of the goat cheese and complimented its earthy flavor.
You can also make these dates ahead of time and then gently reheat them at 350 for about 5 minutes before serving.
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