Cream Cheese Bacon Dates
With a dairy-free option, these Cream Cheese Bacon Dates are an incredibly easy, simple, and delicious appetizer to serve up at your next Holiday party.
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Okay, enough baby talk. Let's talk Cream Cheese Bacon Dates! Goodness gracious these are good. BY NOW, you likely have a good handle on your Thanksgiving menu plans …but just in case you're looking for a last minute, easy-peasy appetizer to serve up, these Cream Cheese Bacon Dates have got you covered.
These little morsels of heaven come with options! I just love options.
If you're the kind of person who tolerates and enjoys cooking/serving dairy, feel free to use real-deal cream cheese in this recipe!
OR, if you prefer to avoid dairy, I'll have you know that the Kite Hill Cream Cheese is a stellar substitute. It's still creamy, delicious, and results in a darn-tasty appetizer bite that will please all pallets.
To make these tasty bites, the process is simple. First, de-seed a handful sticky, sweet dates (medjool dates are my go-to's). One the seeds are out, you're likely left with a small cavity inside the date. If you need to, enlarge this opening so that you can stuff some delicious cream cheese in it.
For the cream cheese, simply mix it with fresh chives, spread it into the opening of the date, and wrap the whole thing closed with a small piece of bacon. Secure the bacon with a toothpick and line them up on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking dish!
Pro tip: more thinly-sliced bacon tends to crisp better than thick bacon in dishes like this. If you prefer crispy bacon, go that route!
Bake these little goodies until the bacon is done to your liking and then serve up to your hungry guests. If you're looking for another cheese inspired appetizer option for you guest, you might love this Whipped Honey Feta Dip too!
Bacon Cream Cheese Dates
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 hours
- Total Time: 20 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 15 dates
- 16 dates, pits removed
- 4 ounces cream cheese (use Kite Hill for dairy free)
- 1/2 tablespoon minced chives
- 8 slices bacon
- 16 toothpicks
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Combine cream cheese and chives in a small bowl. Slice dates lengthwise and stuff with the cream cheese mixture, then wrap with one slice of bacon, trying not to overlap it. Secure with toothpick and place on sheet pan.
- Bake the dates for 18-20 minutes, until bacon is crispy. Let cool at least 10 minutes and serve.