Gorgonzola Date Bites with Bacon Recipe

Bacon is a welcome ingredient all year long. But come the holiday season, there seem to be more and more delicious ways to add the savory meat to your meals. For these easy one-bite Gorgonzola-Date Bites, we take full advantage of bacon’s serious flavor profile and its flexible wrapping abilities.

Gorgonzola Date Bites with Bacon ready for the oven

These one-bite appetizers start with plump and sweet Medjool dates. We opt for Medjool over other date varieties because they tend to be larger, with more room for stuffing than, say Deglet noor dates. When you bake Medjool dates in the oven, as we do for this easy holiday appetizer, they transform into warm and gooey bites with a naturally sweet caramel flavor.

We stuff our plump Medjools full of delightfully sharp Litehouse® Simply Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese. Just wait until you taste savory warm gorgonzola melded with caramelly dates. We also bumped up the filling flavor by adding minced chives to our cheese. They add the right amount of crunch and some fresh greenness to these gorgonzola-date bites.

Gorgonzola Date Bites with Bacon fresh from the oven

And finally, we didn’t forget that bacon! Grab a handful of toothpicks (the round ones are nicest) for this step. After filling all of your dates, secure a strip of bacon around each one, creating a neat little gorgonzola-flavored package. Ideally, the bacon piece will be large enough to overlap where its ends meet. Stick a toothpick all the way through the date to pierce this overlap. It will help the bacon stay closed in the oven, as it tends to unravel as it bakes.

Now, bake your cute little packages until the bacon is crispy, the gorgonzola is melted, and your kitchen smells amazing. For serving, you may want to pull the toothpicks out a bit so each bacon-wrapped date can sit up on its own with a handy toothpick handle to grab for a bite.

Bacon Wrapped Date Bites with Gorgonzola Recipe

Serves 10-15 | Finish in 20 minutes
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If you love the smell of bacon on the stove, imagine that delicious, smoky maple bacon wrapped around sweet dates stuffed with melty gorgonzola cheese. Bring all of these mouth-watering flavors and smells to your holiday season with this easy four ingredient, one-bite appetizer. 

Ingredients

  • 25 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 5 oz Litehouse® Simply Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced
  • 16 oz maple smoked bacon, sliced into thirds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the gorgonzola, chives, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
  3. Stuff each date with plenty of the gorgonzola mixture and wrap tightly with a piece of bacon. Secure the bacon with a toothpick all the way through to fasten the bacon closed. 
  4. Arrange the stuffed dates on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Serve warm.

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