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Bacon Wrapped Dates (YUM) with Maple Balsamic Vinegar

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SERVES: 4

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins

TOTAL TIME: 30 mins

224 Calories

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of applewood smoked bacon (thin sliced)
  • 16 medjool dates
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 16 toothpicks
  • About 3 tablespoons Maple balsamic vinegar for drizzling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit. Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.

Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Drizzle balsamic over each date. Arrange evenly on rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. 

Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one so it’s laying on its side. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking, and turn the dates to the other side and repeat. 

Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes. Drizzle with some extra balsamic before serving.