I don’t even like dates.

I mean, I didn’t like dates until yesterday. Somehow though, when they are stuffed with creamy goat cheese and wrapped in salty bacon, I kind of changed my mind.

The sweet, salty and creamy flavors all come together perfectly for an easy, yet fancy appetizer that clocks in at about 100 calories per date.

They can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you need them, perfect for a fun party appetizer or you know, an afternoon snack for one.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min


Ingredients (8 dates, 4 servings)

  • 8 fresh dates
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 Tbsp goat cheese


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slit the dates and remove pit.

Cut the bacon slices in half.

Stuff about 1/2 Tbsp of goat cheese into dates.

Roll dates in bacon.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Turn oven to broil for 2 minutes to brown bacon if necessary.

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21 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I’ve been obsessed with the goat cheese + tempeh bacon combo lately – love that goat cheese is easier on the belly than the regular stuff! Like you, I’m not a huge date fan, but if there’s any combo that I’m willing to try to convert me to loving them, this is it :)


  2. Dana
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Not surprised that you loved these… isn’t everything better with goat cheese??


  3. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Mmm – I’m thinking brie would be great too!


    • Emily
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      Yes! Brie would be amazing.


  4. Mellissa
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Yum. Just looks so darn good, but anything with bacon makes me happy.


  5. mary beth
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    omg! these sound amazing!


  6. Mo
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Oh good, I just bought a pound do bacon this morning with no plans for it. Now I know exactly what to do with it!


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    This (or a variation of it) is my go-to appetizer for parties! I made them for my superbowl party last weekend with Boursin and they were gone quicker than anything else!


    • Emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

      That is totally why it was stuck in my head!!! I couldn’t figure out why I was fixated on stuffed dates!
      Next time totally trying with Boursin – YUM!


  8. Anna Johnson
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    wow, these look amazing and i don’t like dates…..but these could change my view.


  9. Baking Serendipity
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    I think bacon and goat cheese can make just about anything good :) Love this!


  10. janetha
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    YUM! So I don’t really like bacon (don’t shoot me) but I loooove bacon wrapped dates. I stuff mine with goat cheese and a 1/2 of a pecan and then soak in balsamic vinegar before baking. Yum!


  11. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    I love this combo! I usually wrap the dates with prosciutto!


  12. immobilier a brest
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 3:28 am

    Great post! Thanks a lot ;)


  13. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    i love this! i’ve made these before with feta instead of the goat cheese…mmm!


  14. Suzi Banos
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:52 am

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  15. Lori
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    I’m so far behind, I had never had a bacon wrapped date before a few weekends ago. Wow, it is crazy how the date almost melts. You just made it ten times better with the goat cheese!


  16. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    These look so good! I love any sweet/salty combo. And add in creamy with the goat cheese too.. . yum!


  17. eatingRD
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    This has to be one of my favorite appetizers! They are also great wrapped in prosciutto, nice and salty :)


  18. Angie @ Angie Anew
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I made a simpler version of these last night to solve a major salty/sweet craving. YUM! Thanks for the inspiration. Easy and awesome!


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