Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bacon-Date Tasties

We had these appetizers while visiting friends in Dayton last weekend. They were awesome! I have never seen fresh dates in my grocery story, so I'll probably use re-hydrated prunes when I make them again. My kids liked the bacon and cheese part, but weren't big fans of the dates... oh well, perhaps they'll develop a taste for them eventually.

1 lb of thick cut bacon
Fresh dates or prunes (same number as you have slices of bacon)
4 oz goat cheese
2 tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. cumin

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Partially cook the bacon on paper towels in the microwave. The slices should still be completely flexible, but you want to try to get rid of some of the grease.
  3. Combine the brown sugar and cumin in a small bowl.
  4. Lay out each slice of bacon and sprinkle with 1/2 of the brown sugar/cumin mixture.
  5. Take about 2-3 tsp. of goat cheese in a wad and press it against one side of the date. Wrap a piece of bacon around the date/cheese cupping the bottom of the cheese with the bacon. Secure the bacon with a toothpick and stand upright on a cookie sheet. Repeat with each slice of bacon. Sprinkle remaining sugar and cumin on the top.
  6. Bake for around 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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