Friday, April 8, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Goat Cheese and Almonds

20 large Medjool dates (you can find these in fresh produce)

2 oz. (1/2 of 4-oz. pkg.) ATHENOS Mild Feta Cheese
32 PLANTERS FLAVOR GROVE Skinless Almonds Sea Salt & Olive Oil (small 1.75 oz package)
10 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cut in half
20 wooden toothpicks

  1. HEAT oven to 425ºF.
  2. CUT slit in long side of each date, being careful to not cut completely through date. Remove and discard pits. Cut cheese into 16 (1x1/4-inch) sticks. Stuff each date with cheese and 2 nuts.
  3. WRAP 1 bacon piece around each date, completely enclosing cheese.  Push toothpick through to hold bacon around stuffed date.
  4. Place on rack of broiler pan.  
  5. BAKE 14 to 15 min. or until bacon is crisp, turning after 8 min. Cool 5 min; transfer to plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead tip:
Stuff and Wrap dates the night before. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Recipe and Photo from Kraft Foods.


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