Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego are the perfect party appetizer! This salty and sweet finger food is pretty impossible to have just one of, so consider doubling the batch if you’re entertaining a crowd.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego
Honestly, bacon wrapped anything is the way to go. I remember a few years ago when bacon really had its hay-day in popular culture – it was on t-shirts, mugs, hats, the works! While the fad for bacon merchandise has slowed down a bit, the popularity of bacon is still ever present. After all, when pretty much everything is made a million times more delicious by tossing it in, it’ll never go out of style.
The combination of savory and sweet flavors with the bacon and dates is what makes this appetizer so downright mouthwatering. To make this finger food even more delicious, I’ve stuffed the sweet dates with Manchego cheese! It’s the perfect balancing ingredient between the sweet dates and the savory bacon. Manchego cheese has a pretty mild, delicately sweet flavor that accompanies the other two main ingredients ideally.
On top of being addictive, these stuffed and bacon wrapped dates are also incredibly easy to make. You really only need 4 simple, inexpensive ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time to make a batch of these party-worthy appetizers! You can make them ahead of time or right before the party starts. Either way, they’ll be simply delicious. Just be ready to share this recipe, as I’m sure your guests will be asking for it!
How to Make Them
Like I previously mentioned, these stuffed and wrapped dates are SO easy to make! Grab your toothpicks and let’s get started.
Prepare. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
Stuff. Push a piece of cheese into the cavity of the date. Pinch the date shut and press together to seal.
Wrap. Wrap each date in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Sweeten. Brush the maple syrup over the surface of the dates and arrange on the baking sheet.
Bake. Bake for 10 minutes until the bacon is beginning to brown. Flip the dates and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes until brown and crispy.
Enjoy! Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve immediately.
What is manchego cheese?
If you’ve never had manchego cheese, you’re in for a real treat! This cheese originated in Spain, and I’m so glad that it’s made the journey to my neighborhood supermarket. It’s got a deliciously buttery consistency and a mild flavor that can be slightly sweet, depending on how much it’s been aged. If I were to closely compare it to another cheese, I’d say it’s pretty similar to asiago.
How do I know when they’re done baking?
You’ll know the dates are done baking when they’re lightly brown and crispy! Just don’t forget to flip the dates after 10 minutes before baking for another 10, that way they cook evenly. If you don’t flip them and let them cook for 20 minutes, they’ll burn.
Can I make them ahead of time?
Yes, but not too far ahead of time. These dates are best served when they’re still a little bit warm from the oven. However, if they’re left out a a party, they’ll still be tasty at room temp throughout the duration of the event. If you want to make these stuffed dates a few hours ahead of time and keep them wrapped in foil, that’ll work.
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Get the Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Dates with Manchego
- 20 Medjool dates pits removed
- 6 ounces manchego cheese, cut into bite size pieces
- 10 slices bacon cut in half
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- cooking spray
- chopped parsley, optional
- baking sheet
- Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
- Push a piece of cheese into the cavity of the date.
- Pinch the date shut and press together to seal. Wrap each date in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Brush the maple syrup over the surface of the dates and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until the bacon is beginning to brown.
- Flip the dates and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes until brown and crispy.
- Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve immediately.