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Just 3 ingredients, these quick and easy Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese are sweet and salty and a delicious finger food idea for a family dinner or party all in less than 15 minutes!
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Why this recipe works
This easy appetizer idea is quick to make and helps make dinner time feel a little bit more special.
Dates are full of natural sugars so when they are heated, they get a little bit caramelized. Paired with creamy goat cheese and salty bacon, you’ve got a full on treat.
Bacon Wrapped Dates, using Schwan’s Fully Cooked Bacon, do not need to be cooked, just heated through. This means, besides some assembly, you can enjoy time with your family and not be stuck in the kitchen.
Schwan’s Food Delivery makes it simple to make a delicious dinner, including a starter, without adding tons of stress.
Their Chicken Florentine Skillet Meal and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream sundaes make a great menu for family date night.
Schwan’s.com offers a wide variety of frozen-fresh meals, made with real ingredients that you cook at home. Most meals can be made in under 30 minutes and the delivery is so convenient.
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Plan a Family Date Night
We spend time together during the normal hustle and bustle of the week. But it’s rushed time. It’s moments between items on a to-do list.
I find that dinnertime can be a great way to slow things down and enjoy time together.
While most busy weeknights might not feel like the perfect time to have a family date night, I’m here to tell you that you can do it with ease!
A family date night doesn’t have to be fancy. It should just feel a little bit extra special and out of the ordinary.
Just put on some music, maybe light a candle, and change up the atmosphere.
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.
For family date night, I like to make an appetizer—something super simple that I know the family will love. Who doesn’t love a bacon-wrapped appetizer, amIright?
- Medjool Dates, pitted (these are easy to find in most produce sections or near the dried fruits and nuts)
- Goat Cheese (in the fancier cheese section of the grocery store)
- Fully Cooked Bacon.
You will also need toothpicks to hold these together for baking.
These goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates couldn’t be easier. The measurements don’t make or break the recipe, so you can quickly make these sweet and salty appetizers without any measuring.
Goat cheese is tangy and creamy and pairs perfectly with the sweet dates. I usually have dates on hand because I like to use them as a natural sweetener for our smoothies.
On their own, they are a nice sweet treat, but when paired with goat cheese and salty bacon, they are pure magic.
One of my favorite kitchen hacks is fully cooked bacon so when I saw this package from Schwan’s, I knew I needed it.
It’s kept in the freezer and the quality is outstanding. It makes it easy to grab and make for breakfast or use in recipes like these goat cheese stuffed dates.
If using Schwan’s Fully Cooked Bacon from the freezer, remove it so it can begin to thaw.
Make sure your dates are sliced down one side and the pit is removed (if you buy the pitted dates, they will most likely already be cut for you at least partially).
Dates can sometimes have thick “hairs” in the packaging with them. Just pick them off and throw them out. It’s part of the plant but you wouldn’t want it in your appetizer.
Using a butter knife or other spreader, add goat cheese to the center of the dates. This doesn’t have to be perfect and it can spill out.
One 4 oz. log of goat cheese was enough to fill about 16 dates with a little bit leftover.
Cut or tear each piece of bacon in half.
Wrap a half piece of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
Place on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet prepared with a little bit of cooking spray.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 6 minutes. They are already cooked, you just want the bacon to crisp up and for the goat cheese to be warmed through.
Remove to a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels to absorb some of the grease.
These goat cheese-filled dates can be served warm or at room temperature. These. Are. So. Delicious.
This appetizer is totally nostalgic for me. I used to work in catering at a hotel, and these were always the most favorite appetizer served at every event.
Adding an appetizer to dinner at home feels different. It’s a super simple way to keep things from feeling run of the mill.
But, of course, it’s also just a great appetizer to serve when you’re having any kind of party. Because, yum.
Ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to finish off family date night.
Just a few easy toppings make it feel special without taking any real effort.
More easy appetizer recipes
- This Goat Cheese Appetizer Log with Sumac is super unique and totally delicious. You’ll never guess what gives it that pink color!
- A Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe is a fun appetizer that could be made ahead and served before a family dinner.
- Dried Beef Roll Ups are a tasty snack idea that is always the hit of the party.
- Artichoke Dip Sliders take my favorite dip and make it into a little sandwich!
- Blue Cheese Steak Bites are full of flavor and a yummy, hearty appetizer idea.
See also 5 Ways to Make Eating as a Family More Fun!
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
- 12 Medjool Dates pitted
- 1 log Goat Cheese
- 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon from Schwan's
- Remove bacon from freezer to thaw if frozen.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of aluminum foil sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
- Make sure each date has the pit removed and is cut down one side so you can open it up (but is not in two pieces)
- Using a butter knife or spreader, add a small amount of goat cheese (about 1 tsp) to each date.
- Cut or tear each piece of bacon in half.
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around the date stuffed with goat cheese.
- Use a toothpick to keep the bacon wrapped.
- Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes.
- Remove to a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels to catch the grease.
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