Wow your guests every time. This easy appetizer combines sweet and savory flavors with a cream cheese center. Delight the most picky eaters and impress your visiting date fruit lovers.
Yield: 24 Dates
• 8 Slices Bacon • 2 tablespoons Green Onion (sliced) • 1⁄2 cup Blue Cheese (crumbled) • 2 tablespoons Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (softened) • 1⁄8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper • 24 Medjool Dates (unpitted)
Microwave the bacon slices on high about 2 minutes to lightly cook. Remove from microwave and cut into thirds. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sided baking sheet with parchment or coat with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl combine the green onions, blue cheese, cream cheese and pepper. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise slit in each date. Spread each date open slightly. Remove pits. Fill each date with a rounded teaspoon of the cheese mixture. Wrap a one-third piece of bacon around each date and place on the prepared baking sheet with the filling side up.
Bake uncovered for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Remove from the oven and serve warm at room temperature.
Whether you want a great dessert or perfect compliment to any brunch, this is the recipe for you. A perfect blend of date fruit sweetness with chocolate, pecan and cinnamon highlights. No icing necessary for this treat. Try it out today!