Bacon Wrapped Dates (with Blue Cheese)

Bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese are one of our favorite recipes for parties. The sweet and salty combination is almost like eating candy. They’re so delicious, I dare you to eat just one!

dates wrapped in bacon with toothpicks inserted, on white tray.

Looking for party appetizers with bacon? Look no further because these bacon & blue cheese dates are the perfect party food. They are right at home on a casual buffet table or with cocktail party appetizers.

One taste of these and you’ll be hooked. You can’t eat just one! The combination of salty bacon, creamy cheese, and sweet dates is addictive!

You can make these and serve them at room temperature which is always a bonus. They also make a nice presentation on a passed tray of hors d’oeuvres.

When to Serve Them

These are easy to prepare and you hardly need any special measurements to make as many as you need.

How to Make Bacon & Blue Cheese Dates 

You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these.

  • Whole Dried Dates. Look for pitted Medjool dried dates that are long and meaty and very sweet.
  • Mild Blue Cheese. My go-to blue cheese is Gorgonzola Dolce as it’s mild, slightly sweet, and so delicious. My second favorite is Danish blue which is also mild and flavorful.
  • Bacon. I like to use Center Cut bacon because there’s less fat and they wrap easily. Thick cut bacon is too bulky for this recipe.
  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch the rendered fat and any cheese spills. Place a flat baking rack or cooling rack on top to place the wrapped dates on.
  2. Cut dates down the middle but not all the way through, so you have a little boat or book shape. Add enough cheese to fill the inside, and close it back up.
  3. Wrap the bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick. Place them on a prepared baking rack and cook, turning them over halfway through.

Substitutions

Use goat cheese instead of blue cheese, or try Manchego or Parmesan cheese.

EXPERT TIP: Add a light drizzle of honey once you’ve plated these little bites.

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dates wrapped in bacon with toothpicks inserted, on white paper lined tray.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Yield: 24 appetizers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet, salty and delicious, these dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese are a crowd favorite and easy to make. Serve them at appetizer parties with cocktails, or as a dinner party hor d'oeuvre.

Ingredients

  • 24 Whole dried dates
  • 4 ounces Blue Cheese - use mild Gorgonzola or Danish blue
  • 12 slices of Bacon cut in half - I like to use Center Cut bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut dates down the middle lengthwise, but not all the way through, so you have a boat.
  3. Add a few pieces of blue cheese inside the date and push the side together to close it around the cheese. Wrap bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Cook wrapped dates for about 20 to 25 minutes turning them over halfway through, or until bacon is cooked through and cheese is melty.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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