Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds

Bacon-wrapped dates are a decadent appetizer that’s sure to please. Filled with marcona almonds these are perfect!


24 medjool dates
12 slices of bacon (thin cut)
1 oz. goat cheese (softened)
1 oz. cream cheese (softened)
24 whole toasted marcona almonds


Preheat oven to 500°. Move the oven rack to the upper third of oven. Pit the dates, tearing them open as little as possible. Set dates aside. Halve the 12 slices of bacon crosswise. Mix the goat cheese and cream cheese. Put the blended cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round14” tip.
Stuff the cavity of each date with 1 marcona almond. Pipe the blended cheese into the opening of each stuffed date. Wrap 1 half-piece of bacon around width of each date and put dates, seam side down, on a baking sheet, at least 12” apart. Bake until the bacon is golden and crisp, 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly before serving.


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