These dates always steal the show at parties when I serve them for appetizers, but I also like packing them into my husband's lunch boxes too. The sweetness of the dates and the mild acidity of the cheese match go really well together.
Please use dried dates that you can get in the dried fruits section of your grocery store.
Make cuts in the middle and remove the pits.
Chop up the blue cheese into adequate sizes to pack inside the dates.
The left ones in this photo are already packed with cheese. You don't need to close them up completely.
Wrap up each of the dates with half a slice of bacon. Secure each wrap with a toothpick.
This is how it should looks from the side. Make sure to leave a decent gap in-between the dates so that the bacon cooks properly.
Place the secured dates on two layers of aluminium foil. Bake for 15 minutes in a 180℃ oven.
Here they are right out of the oven. They smell so good! The cheese is just the perfect softness.
Remove the toothpicks and dish them up.
Story Behind this Recipe
My husband was whining about how he ate this dish at a restaurant and how it tasted fabulous , so I wanted to try recreating it. He said that the dish was $7 with 4 dates each, but it was much less expensive when I made them myself.
Fold up the edges of the aluminum foil as if making a shallow box. The bacon can get a little greasy, and it's best to keep the grease from dripping. I usually bake mine for 15 minutes in a oven without any preheating. Take them out before you end up overcooking the bacon. You don't want it to harden. Caution: These are high in calories!