Bacon Wrapped Appetizer

Bacon Wrapped Dates!  Yumalicious!

First off I think most people are thinking… You eat bacon?!  I do now.  I know most people like anything bacon.  But…I’ll be honest, I was a vegetarian for many years and just didn’t like the texture of bacon in my mouth, plus bacon is full of cancer causing chemicals. Needless to say I went many years bacon-free.  What changed?  Well, natural meat companies started making bacon and turkey bacon without all of the deadly additives.   So, if you choose to eat bacon make sure that it a natural company like Applegate Farms, Wellshire or I really like Niman Ranch bacon.  Niman Ranch is know for their humane farming practices. I think it makes a difference in the taste of the bacon.

I like to eat this for a meal, but it is intended as an appetizer, so do with it what you will.  You’ll have to excuse the amateur pictures as I did this on the fly with my iPhone.

1. Preheat the oven to 375.

2. Pit your medjool dates.  Just score them length wise and pick the seed out.

3. Stuff the hollowed out dates with stinky cheese.  I used Gorgonzola because I love it, but you can use plain blue cheese or what ever is your favorite stinky cheese.  Some people like to put goat cheese in this recipe.  Now, I love goat cheese but in this it just becomes a mess.  The goat cheese just doesn’t hold up under the heat.  Plus I think the stinky cheese balances the other flavors better.  But know that cooking is about experimenting and learning what flavors you like the best. Sometimes when you are playing and making a mess in the kitchen is when you hit pay dirt and find something you think is amazing.

4. Wrap a slice of bacon around the date and place on a cookie sheet.  I’m all for quick & easy so I just stretched the slice of bacon around the date about 1 1/2 times or so, but you can soak toothpicks in water and secure the bacon with a toothpick if you like. Honestly, the less steps the better for me.  I find that if you just stretch the bacon & overlap it that it stays just fine without the toothpick.  Plus I always wonder what they did to treat the wood for the toothpick.  Stabbing an appetizer is one thing, but inserting it in your food and cooking it for nearly half an hour is another thing entirely.

5. Place cookie sheet in oven and cook until bacon is crispy.  Mine took about 25 minutes or so.

These create an amazing flavor explosion in your mouth!  And this is for all of you who are trying to go gluten-free and think all gluten-free food is boring.  Ummm… maybe give this a try and you’ll change your mind!

This was so super simple to do and didn’t take long so give them a try.

Let me just say again though…  Please, Please, I’d rather you skip this recipe if you use Oscar Meyer bacon or some similar processed cured and contaminated with chemicals brand of bacon.  You’re better off skipping it.  If you want to enjoy this, then pick up a natural uncured bacon without nitrates/nitrites or artificial flavors & preservatives.   That said I hope that you pick up some healthy bacon and give this a go.  Let me know what you think and leave a comment.



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