February 26, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Havarti Cheese and Almond Stuffed Dates

We all have a hand full of go to recipes and Bacon Wrapped Dates are definitely my go to appetizer for any event! When I was asked to host a Houseparty for SuperBowl Sunday and make recipes featuring tasty cheese from Arla Dofino, I knew right away I wanted to make a cheese filled version of these bite size delights! These dates are both sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! 
A plethora of cheesy goodness courtesy of Arla Dofino and Houseparty! 

Ingredients:

Makes about 35 stuffed dates
  • One package of whole, pitted dates (about 35)
  • 1 package of maple bacon ( about 12 slices)
  • 1/3 can of smoked almonds (35)
  • 4oz block of soft Havarti cheese

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook bacon in a skillet half way, you want it not raw but still bendable (it will crisp in the oven). 
  3. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Pat with paper towels to remove grease and let cool. 
  4. Cut bacon slices into thirds with kitchen shears.
  5. Dice the soft cheese into small bite size pieces. 
  6. Slice each date open in the middle, being careful not to cut all the way in half.
  7. Stuff each date with a piece of cheese and a smoked almond.
  8. Wrap a 1/3 piece of bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick.
  9. Line wrapped dates on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, checking halfway through and tossing if needed. They should be soft and melted and coated in crispy bacon!



I used this creamy Havarti cheese for this recipe.

Dice the soft cheese into small bite size pieces. 

Ashton set up his work station so he could watch the pregame and help me at the same time.
Smart guy!

Slice each date open in the middle, being careful not to cut all the way in half.
Stuff each date with a piece of cheese and a smoked almond.


Cook bacon in a skillet half way, you want it not raw but still bendable (it will crisp in the oven). 
Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Pat with paper towels to remove grease and let cool. 
Cut bacon slices into thirds with kitchen shears.


Wrap a 1/3 piece of bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick.
Line wrapped dates on a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, checking halfway through and tossing if needed.

 The dates will be soft and sweet, filled with melted cheese, and coated in crispy bacon!
This game day spread was so amazing I barely even watched the game!
Ashton was Team Havarti all the way but I was Team Gouda! 
Check out my Low Carb Loaded Cheese Cauliflower Breadsticks and you decide who's recipe's better!
Hands down the BEST appetizer ever! 
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are always a crowd pleaser!
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