I wanted a creative title for this post. I really did. But how do you make a title like that any more awesome than it already is? I don’t think it’s possible.
I challenge you.
So while I say I eat paleo (which I do most of the time), I also incorporate dairy in my life when I want it. I know, I know. Give me a hard time. Call me primal. Or whatever. Here’s why I do it:
I can’t eat gluten. Never. Ever. Forever.
So I can never “cheat” by eating gluten. I’d be so sick, it’s not worth it.
I can however, enjoy whole milk or cream occasionally. Or even cheese. Although, I try to limit cheese where possible, unless raw milk cheese. There are exceptions though.
These are one of those.
I decided to make these after having some AMAZEBALLS ones at The Misfit Bar in Santa Monica. And to think we almost didn’t order them. But I thought they’d be too complicated for me. I talk a big game, but really, I’m not a creative cook. But I really wanted them. So I did some research, and came across this blog post (here!). But I didn’t have toothpicks, and 12 dates wasn’t that many, so I decided to free-for-all it. And the results were delicious. Plus, everyone has been amazed that I did this. Win-win.
So here’s how you impress people and win friends. Just go with it.
Dates have pits. In case you didn’t know. Fresh dates, that is. I’d make some really awful pun here, but truth be told…I hate puns. Legit hate them. And yep…my name is Hope. There’s irony there. Can we all move past that?
So you gots to cut the pits out. Also a great way to put the cheese in. How else are you gonna stuff them with goat cheese? To do that, just cut it open – aka slice it. Don’t cut the things in half, just cut them open enough to get the date out and put the cheese in. See image below for exhibit A.
Here’s the deal with this recipe. I’m not gonna tell you how much to use of anything.
I know. That means it’s not really a recipe. But the thing is…I don’t know how many dates you have, or how much cheese you like, or what kind of bacon you prefer.
I bought a package of fresh dates at Trader Joe’s, a small container of goat cheese, and had a package of bacon. I used all the dates. About 1/4 of the cheese, and all the bacon.
Back on track.
Take about a spoonful, or however much cheese will fit in the dates, and put it in there you’ve taken the pits out.
Here’s a little thing I learned – more cheese is better here. I didn’t use enough cheese (in my opinion), so it was very much date-heavy. So cram that thing with goat cheese.
I know that looks like a fair amount. It’s not. Add more.
Then, you take your bacon, and cut it in half. You probably could cut it in thirds, but I don’t know what that’s like. So halve it.
And really, you wrap it around. Make sure the “seam” of the bacon, or where it overlaps, is on the bottom of the date. So it’s resting on the seam. That way the bacon won’t uncurl itself.
You’ll see that I used wax paper on the baking sheet. Not really necessary. I could have used foil (I was sort of following a recipe that said to use parchment paper which I never have, so I used wax paper, which I didn’t really need). But do note that again, these make kind of a mess, so use a PAN, not a sheet.
And then you cook at 450 for like…17-20 minutes. Mine took longer because I used thick cut bacon, so probably less if you use thin cut. But I only use thick cut. So there.
And then enjoy!
I actually found these were better the next day because the bacon got crispier. I just put them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute to reheat them, and voila!
Oh, and don’t pop these suckas in your mouth without checking the temperature. My friend burnt his mouth that way. I warned him.
On a completely unrelated note to this recipe, but still related to bacon, I just burnt a batch while typing this because I didn’t check to see if it was done and I was going to make chocolate covered bacon. So you’re welcome. Any ideas on what to do with completely burned bacon?
You’ll need (INGREDIENTS):
– Package of dates
– Package of bacon
– Goat cheese
You’ll do (INSTRUCTIONS):
1. Preheat the oven to 450
2. Cut the dates open (but not in half) to remove the pit
3. Take as much goat cheese as you want (stuff the sucka full!) and put it in side the date. Squeeze slightly closed
4. Cut bacon in half and wrap each date with a half a piece of bacon
5. Place date with bacon seam down on a baking PAN (with foil, waxed paper, naked, whatever you want)
6. Depending on the thickness of the bacon, cook anywhere from 15-20 minutes
7. You’ll know it’s done when the bacon looks done
8. Remove from pan so it’s not continually soaking in the bacon grease, and let cool enough so you don’t burn your mouth