These little “parties on a stick” first came into my world at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego. I became beyond obsessed with them and started making them for every party, event, Monday, you know, whatever!
The kicker with these is, my Mom loves them! When the certified pickiest eater in the world likes something, you know it’s good! I’ve started making them every time I go home for a family event. They are quick, easy and make a great appetizer or party dish!
Ingredients (makes 20 dates)
- 20 dates
- 10 slices bacon
- 4 oz blue cheese
Begin by slicing half way through the dates and removing the pits. Next add the blue cheese.
Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around the date.
Next, slide a toothpick through to secure the bacon.
Repeat 19 times.
Place into a 375° oven for 20 minutes, turn dates over then continue to cook 10-15 more minutes or until bacon is crispy.
Depending on the event (and how many new recipes I’m trying to conquer that day!) when I have time I add an Apple Cider glaze on top.
Apple Cider Glaze Recipe
- 1/4 cup butter (apple butter preferred)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 6 tbsp apple cider
- 2 tbsp half and half
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan, next combine the additional ingredients and whisk well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring consistently. Remove from the heat and let stand 3 minutes.
Use a pastry brush to glaze the dates 3-5 minutes before removing them from the oven.
♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the Bacon with Vegetarian Smart Bacon.
♦ Gluten Free Option: This Recipe is Gluten-Free.
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