Everything tastes better with bacon, and dates are no exception. These sweet dates are stuffed with the rich, buttery Manchego cheese and then wrapped with salty, crispy bacon to create a perfectly delicious combination. Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego make a perfect starter for any dinner entertaining.
It is hard to make dates pretty…. And well, I just haven’t figured out how to do it. But man do they taste amazing! I wouldn’t touch them as a child. They just looked gross to me. It was another foolish mistake I made in my youth. A friend made me try them one day after roasting them in the oven. I was like, “Sweet Heaven! What have I been missing?” I loved the sweet, rich, caramel, vanilla taste the dates become when roasted. I certainly didn’t stop at one…
And so, dates were an easy pick to include in my “Tapa Time!” article for City View Magazine. What goes better with dates than bacon? Keeping with the Spanish Tapas theme I stuffed them with the Manchego Cheese. The Manchego Cheese has a very distinctive flavor. It is a full-developed cheese with buttery, salty flavors and a medium sharpness. The cheese integrates magnificently with the dates and bacon. Add some red pepper flakes if you like a little heat. I love salty, sweet, and spicy combinations. Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego are easy to prepare and make a perfect appetizer for a party or Tapa Night! Or you can make them all for yourself… with a little glass of wine…. Because life is short, why not?
- 12 medium sized dates
- 6oz Manchego Cheese
- 6 slices bacon
- 12 toothpicks
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Partially cook bacon, stopping before it becomes crispy.
- Chop Manchego cheese into 12 small blocks, sized to stuff in dates.
- Remove seed from dates.
- Stuff dates with Manchego.
- Wrap dates with bacons, securing with toothpicks.
- Cook in oven for 10 minutes or until bacon becomes fully crispy.
- Serve with or without toothpicks.