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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cream Cheese

by Dana Bean, RD

Gooey, sweet dates filled with soft cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon. These Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cream Cheese are a favorite holiday appetizer!

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cream Cheese

Soft and sweet dates filled with cream cheese and wrapped with crispy bacon
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: holiday

Ingredients

  • 16-18 medjool dates 10 oz box
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 9 strips thin sliced bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Make a lengthwise cut in each date and remove the pit. Add about 1 tsp of cream cheese inside each date.
  • Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick if desired. Place wrapped dates on rack over a sheet pan (see note 1). Bake for about 18 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Let cool then enjoy!

Notes

  1. You can also use just a sheet pan if you don’t have one with a rack! If you go this route, place the bacon wrapped dates on a plate with a paper towel after baking to absorb the excess oil. 

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These bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese are always an absolute hit when I make them. If you haven’t tried it, they may seem like a strange combination. But that sweet and savory combination is a classic! They make a great appetizer because of the richness and flavor that’s packed into a small bite.

bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese on a plate

Only 3 ingredients here and they are all in the name! Let’s take a look at each one.

Dates: The Medjool variety works well here because of the softness. These are also usually the most common in the grocery store, though other types of dates can work too. They’re soft, gooey, and add the sweetness to the recipe. If you haven’t tried a date before, they have sort of a caramel-y taste!

Cream Cheese: This adds softness to the center of the date. With the sweet and savory flavors of the date and bacon, the flavor of the cream cheese isn’t too strong, but it does add texture. If you want more of a crunchy center, you could add almonds or walnuts instead.

Bacon: We’ll want regular/thinly sliced bacon in this recipe. The thick cut tends to not work as well and creates more of a “pig in a blanket” type of deal with the date instead of the crispy and soft texture we’re going for.

bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese on a plate top view

Ideally, we would use a baking sheet/rack combo (like the one linked below) to let the oil drip on the pan while cooking. You can also use just a regular baking sheet (without the rack). In this case, we will want to add the bacon wrapped dates to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil after baking.

  • Appetizers are fun! They usually give a punch of flavor and can help regulate hunger while waiting for a meal.
  • Instead of focusing on if diet culture deems the foods “good” or “bad”, focus on how you feel physically during and after eating the food, if you enjoy the taste, and where your hunger/fullness levels are.
  • Remember the deprivation leads to the restrict/binge/guilt cycle.
  • Reach out for help if you’re having trouble navigating these things!

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