Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are a savory-sweet appetizer or snack, served hot, perfect for having at a gathering. Pitted Medjool dates stuffed with soft cheese like Blue or Stilton Cheese, then wrapped with thick-sliced bacon and baked on a cast iron grill pan (or rimmed baking sheet). They are so delicious and mouthwatering that you can never have just one!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Hi Everyone, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates: You can never have just one and you think about them for days after you’ve had them 🙂
They make the perfect appetizer for a Christmas party, game day food, Father’s/Mother’s Day or any gathering. I love how they are naturally sweet like candy because of the Medjool dates and the salty kick they have with the crispy, thick cut bacon.
This recipe calls to stuff them with a small amount of Stilton cheese (I used Cranberry Stilton Cheese). You can also use any crumbly soft cheese (for example, blue or goat cheeses).
The History of Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
I love researching recipes and I found that this recipe is also known as “Devils on Horseback“! What a fun name! To me, as an older millennial mom, this recipe has a vintage “feel” to it and I love discovering vintage recipes.
When talking to my dad about recipes his mom, my grandmother, used to make, he mentioned that she made stuffed dates. I think she made an almond stuffed date that involves confectioner’s sugar which is different from this recipe but it did get me thinking about date/dried fruit recipes and how perfect they are for the Christmas/Winter season of home cooking.
As quoted from Wikipedia:
Devils on horseback are a hot appetizer or savoury small dish. Recipes vary, but in general they are a variation on angels on horseback (bacon wrapped oysters), made by replacing oysters with dried fruit. The majority of recipes contain a pitted prune stuffed occasionally with mango chutney or an almond and wrapped in bacon. This is then baked in the oven and quite often served on toast, with watercress.
Other recipes stuff the fruit with cheese, almonds, smoked oysters, or other things in place of the mango chutney. Other versions again use liver pieces either in place of the prunes, or stuffed inside the prunes. A traditional favourite is orange segments wrapped in another fruit.
Devils on horseback are commonly served as part of a Christmas feast.
So to be clear, this is not the traditional Devils on Horseback recipe but rather, a version of them. I like making these Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates so much, do not be surprised if you see a recipe for the traditional version as well show up on the blog!
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
- 24 Medjool dates, pitted
- 8 ounces Stilton or cranberry Stilton, or substitute the same amount another soft cheese like goat, feta or blue cheese
- 16 ounces (1 pound) thick cut bacon (1 package, I find that the thick cut gives more coverage and substance)
- wooden toothpicks or small skewers
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Recipe Process Photos
Here are some step-by-step photos of how to make Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates. There are more process photos in the recipe card at the end of the post.
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- If the dates are not already pitted, you need to slice the dates lengthwise and take out the pit. Discard the pit.
- Put a small amount of Stilton cheese inside the date. Press the date together to close. Repeat for the remaining dates.
- Cut the thick cut bacon down the middle so you have shorter pieces to work with. Wrap each cheese stuffed date in bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped stuffed dates on a cast iron grill pan or a rimmed, parchment or foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Check them at 20 minutes. If you want them to be crispier, you can keep adding 5 minutes until they are perfectly crisp to you your liking. Enjoy warm!
- refrigerate any leftovers
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 bacon wrapped stuffed date
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 227Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 14g