This past Saturday was my housemate/life love Jean’s birthday! As the baby of the house, I clearly had to make her whatever she wanted for the day. And usually what Jean wants is meat. Yes, meat. In most forms. So for her birthday I made these bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and swaddled in fresh basil. I’m not usually a huge meat eater myself but the bacony sweet combo gets me every time. It will probably get you too.
If you’re going for a more animal-friendly recipe, just use the basil as your wrap and cut the baking time to about 10 minutes.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
10-15 dates, slit open on one side and pitted
About 3 oz goat cheese
Fresh basil leaves
4 strips bacon or prosciutto, cut in half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a butter knife, scoop the dates full of goat cheese and wrap with a basil leaf. Wrap a slice of bacon around the date and place into a baking dish. You may also want to use toothpicks to help hold everything in place if you have them. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning halfway through.