Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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This is quite possibly the most amazing appetizer I have ever made; I have never seen anything gobbled up by a crowd so quickly. Although it’s certainly not surprising as to why – combining moist, sweet dates with creamy cheese and salty, crisp bacon creates a flavor combination that is nothing short of fabulous. In addition to being one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted, this appetizer is a snap to throw together and takes mere minutes in the oven. You can easily prep the dates – stuffing and wrapping them – and as soon as guests show up, pop them in the oven. Unique and classy, this appetizer will impress guests and have them raving!

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I had first planned to make two dates per person, since I was serving another relatively substantial appetizer (polenta pizza, which I will be sharing soon!). After fixing up the dates and having quite a bit left, I decided to bump it up to three per person and added more to the baking sheet. I could have easily planned on making four or five per person – these disappeared almost instantly.

If you can’t find fresh dates you could go ahead and use dried, but if available, I think the fresh are so much more flavorful. They are also moister, which provides a great contrast to the crispy bacon.

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More great appetizers:
Traditional Hummus
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread

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Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Yield: Prepare 3-4 dates (or more!) per person

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Fresh dates
Fontina cheese, cut to fit inside the dates
Bacon, cut into 3" pieces

Directions:

1. Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Slit the dates open, keeping the bottom in tact. Place a piece of cheese inside each date. Wrap bacon around the stuffed date, overlapping the ends on the bottom.

3. Broil for approximately 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they don't burn!

(Inspired by The Left Over Queen)

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  1. Kaytee on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Did you precook your bacon at all or just use it straight from the package?

    This looks delicious!

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  2. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Kaytee – Thank you! I did not precook the bacon at all – just used it straight from the package.

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  3. Zaara on August 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    These look AMAZING!! I’m always on the lookout for great appetizers – that are quick – and that don’t require your guests to come to your aid in actually making them (been there, done that , ‘nuf said).
    I louuuvvveee me some Fontina too…

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  4. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen on August 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe! :) Isn’t it just fab?

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  5. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Jenn – Yes, absolutely, totally 100% fab!! Thanks so much for posting it!

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  6. pigpigscorner on August 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This looks amazing with the oozing cheese. I had something similar in a restaurant but they stuffed it with some sort of sweet chutney instead of cheese, they are called devils on horseback.

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  7. Rachel 'Tha Pizza Cutta' Joyce on August 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Any date wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese is a great date to me!

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  8. elly on August 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I LOVE bacon wrapped dates. These look great.

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  9. Divina on August 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    That would be a great appetizer. There’s salty, sweet, something creamy. I love fontina cheese too. I think guests will be blown away by these combination.

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  10. anncoo on August 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    This is pretty, you’re so creative :D

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  11. Linda @ tender crumb on August 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    yum, yum yum! One of my fav restaurants, AOC, has amazing bacon-wrapped dates, and these look even better than theirs.

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  12. Amy I. on August 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t eat pork, but for a split second I considered it… that’s how mouthwatering these look!

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  13. Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Linda – That’s such a compliment, thank you! You’ll have to make these and let me know how they compare!

    Amy – Wow, thanks! Almost had you, huh? ;-)

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  14. Hummingbird Appetite on August 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

    They look delicious! I actually just made bacon-wrapped fingerling potatoes.

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  15. Mathilde's Cuisine on August 27, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Dates and Bacon always go very well together, very well tought! Bacon goes very well with melon as well. Pour a bit of Porto on it and you have the perfect appetizer

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  16. Pam on August 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Those little gems looks heavenly!

    Well done!

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  17. Theresa on August 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Never had them with the cheese. I like that. Great idea.

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  18. Alta on August 27, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Just found fresh dates for the first time ever, and bought them. Now I know what to do with them! If only I can figure out an easy way to pit them…hmm. Maybe I need to suck it up and buy a pitter. These look SO good!

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  19. stephchows on August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    OH WOW that sounds so amazing!!

    Do you think you are going to the foodbuzz fest in SF?? I think I’m going to go!

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  20. Beth on August 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Having been part of the crowd that devoured them, I can vouch for their awesomeness. Thanks for making them, cuz!

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  21. Ulala on August 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love these little bites too. I use Asiago cheese, and applewood bacon, and brush the bacon with paprika before I wrap and BAKE them. A little twist worth trying!

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  22. Kerstin on August 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I can see why these disappeared so quickly, they look super tasty! Love the cheese in them too.

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  23. Lisa on August 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We make these at my restaurant in DC except we stuff them with a mixture of blue cheese, cream cheese and chives. After they’re baked we drizzle a little balsamic glaze on top that’s infused with chai tea (simple syrup with a couple chai tea bags steeped in, then combined with balsamic and reduced by half).

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  24. Michelle on August 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Lisa – that cheese mixture sounds FABULOUS! And with a balsamic glaze? Bliss! Which restaurant in DC?

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  25. Gigi on August 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I’ve made these stuffed with walnut halves and they are also very good. I will try your fontina version. Looks Yummy!

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  26. Trent on August 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Had some recently in New Hope, PA stuffed with blue cheese and also topped with a pesto oil.

    Also, I there are so many different kinds of dates (along with prices). Which kind did you use? I’ve found the firmer date is a little better for stuffing than the softer ones.

    I also had better success with pre-cooking the bacon in the microwave for one minute before wrapping to ensure the bacon cooks thoroughly before the date and stuffing starts to burn.

    Thanks for the great article!

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  27. obparker on August 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    These look amazing & I can’t wait to make these. A friend & I used to indulge ourselves with Bacon-wrapped Smoked Oysters. If you like smoked oysters, give it a try some time. Just wrap & broil.

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  28. Sarah on August 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I made these for a bachelorette party this weekend and they were amazing! These were soo simple to make and I got tons of compliments! I will definitely be making these again soon!

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  29. avriesa on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Came across this recipe by chance and it looks yummy! :D Any idea on good bacon replacement? Since i don’t eat pork :( Great recipe though! :)

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  30. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Trent — Stuffed dates topped with pesto oil sounds fabulous!

    I used regular pitted dates, bought from a local Italian grocery.

    Thank you for the tip on precooking the bacon, I will definitely try that next time!

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  31. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Sarah – So glad everyone enjoyed these! They’re a great crowd-pleaser, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping back and sharing your results!

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  32. Michelle on September 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Avriesa – What about substituting turkey bacon?

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  33. Liz Marr, MS, RD on October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous flavor combination

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  34. Kristin on April 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I have never had a date in my life but I loved the idea of them so I made them the other night. My husband and I had them 2 nights straight!! They are amazing. The only thing is I subsituted turkey bacon for regular bacon because I cant stand regular bacon. They were delicious though!!!!!

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  39. Rebekah on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I made these for a Fat Tuesday party. I used regular old cream cheese, though. I didn’t really care for them (but some of my friends fell in love), and now I have leftover dates to use before they expire.
    They did fulfill my goal of getting everyone to eat something new, so thanks for the recipe!

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  41. Michelle McC. on September 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hi there Michelle. I have tried several of your recipes, even added my own flare to a couple and I absoultely love everything I’ve made from your recipes. I’m wanting to try this one this weekend, I’ve been looking all over for fontina cheese though and I’m having a hard time. Is there a substitute you could recommend?

    Thanks Michelle!

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    • Michelle on September 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Michelle, You could really substitute any favorite cheese that melts well – white cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Gruyere, etc.

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  43. Steph on November 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    These are delicious! I made them for my family at thanksgiving and they were devoured!

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  46. Jennifer Pace on December 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Making these for a Christmas party tonight. Googled “bacon wrapped dates” and this is what I got. A great tapas restaurant in Atlanta used to make these- “Dream Dates”, they were called. It’s since closed, so I’m hoping these are a great substitute. Thanks for the great recipes!

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  50. Jacque on February 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    These were great! People were unsure about trying them but once they did they couldn’t stop. Thanks!

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