Side note #1: Special thanks to Jamie & Ellie Stanek for stuffing and wrapping these bad boys. They came over a little early (and I was running way behind). So they happily went to work for me and did a great job. They rock (almost as much as these bacon wrapped dates)!
Side note #2: I'm taking a break from the blog for the next few weeks (I'm working on a special project and just won't have any spare time). I recommend you make these while I'm busy and let me know what you think. (If you're having a party, you will want to double or triple the recipe. Trust me.)
BACON WRAPPED DATES STUFFED WITH
CREAM CHEESE AND ROASTED GARLIC
36 pitted California dates (about 8 oz.)
6 oz. cream cheese (I used neufchatel)
36 roasted garlic cloves (2-3 heads)
12 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds
1. Preheat the broiler. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Slice each date down the side and stuff with roughly 1 teaspoon cream cheese and 1 garlic clove (or 1/2 clove if very large).
3. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each date and arrange dates seam down (and 1 inch apart) on baking sheet.
4. Bake for 6-8 minutes (until bacon begins to crisp). Using tongs, carefully turn dates over and bake until bacon is crisp on both sides, about 6-8 minutes more (cooking time depends on thickness of your bacon).
5. Drain on paper towels.
6. Insert a toothpick into each date. Serve hot (but not piping hot, otherwise the cheese is like hot lava).
I've seen so many versions of this recipe (using many different cheeses), that I couldn't possibly credit any one person with creating it. The only original twist I put on it was the addition of roasted garlic. And even though I thought of that all by myself, I wouldn't be shocked if someone else out there already did too (if you see a previously published version, feel free to let me know).
The roasted cloves pop out very easily when squeezed
from the bottom (I forgot to take a photo of that).
|stuffing and wrapping|
(brought to you by Jamie & Ellie Stanek)
You can just open the dates from the side and
stuff them that way. It's a little messy, but it works.
|wrapped in bacon|
I know, it looks like a hot mess, but just wait until you try one.
You can stick them with toothpicks before broiling,
but the toothpicks might get a little scorched. We put
toothpicks in ours after they were broiled.
|bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cream cheese & roasted garlic|