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Cream Cheese Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon
Welcome back to Football Friday and the Game Day Recipe. Dates are most often used in baking or sweet desserts but these Cream Cheese Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon are sensational. Drizzle them with extra honey, and you have an appetizer fit for a king or queen. Dates are naturally sweet so they pair beautifully with honey and cream cheese. Wrapping them in bacon, genius. Mascarpone cheese can be substituted for the cream cheese.
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Here on Turnips 2 Tangerines we love our bacon and we love to wrap just about anything in bacon. We use bacon extensively in recipes. Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms, and Bavarian Bratwurst Wrapped in Bacon are just a few of the recipes we have here on T2T containing bacon. For more bacon recipes, check out our recipe box.
A delicious appetizer everyone will love.
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus extra for drizzle
- 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 15 to 20 dates
- 9 to 10 thick slices bacon, cut in half
In large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Beat in honey until smooth.
Fold in toasted chopped pecans.
Cut a small slit in dates, do not cut through. Using you finger, open dates up slightly. Fill each date with cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
Fry bacon slices until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, drain on paper towels.
When cool enough to handle, wrap a half slice of bacon around each filled date.
Arrange dates, seam side down on microwaveable safe serving plate. Microwave on high for 25 seconds. Remove from microwave.
Drizzle honey over bacon wrapped dates. Serve immediately.
Recipe Note: This recipe can be made in the oven. Wrapped stuffed dates with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet with sides and bake at 375 degrees until bacon is crisp, 15 to 25 minutes.