Appetizers/ Snacks

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Brown Sugar Stout Hard Sauce

Hello perfect super bowl snack!

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese.

Or charcuterie board show stopper, salad topper, or just plain ol’ make them and eat them straight up in one sitting because you’re trapped inside during this snow tundra that has closed down everything in your town. Or is that just me? And the rest of southwest Michigan and Chicago???

No, really, it is frost-bitingly cold outside. Even Theo (my right hand man Australian shepherd sous-chef) looks at me with disgust when I go to let him outside.

Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese

With that said, these bacon wrapped dates are so so good. Like can’t stop eating them, burn your mouth because you couldn’t wait to pop one in your mouth, good. I mean I know it’s not a recipe many haven’t heard of. A chewy pitted date stuffed with amazingly creamy goat cheese that warms and oozes out of the date while it cooks. Then wrapped in a crispy strip of thick cut bacon. All to be simmered in a brown sugar stout hard sauce. The glaze perfectly cooks the bacon in the oven creating this crispy salty outer shell that once you bite into it is matched by the creamy warm goat cheese and deliciously sweet date.

YEAH, Incredible.

Bacon wrapped dates with stout beer

When I was making these, I had one thought in my mind the entire time. Super bowl Sunday.

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese.

One would think, since I am the last person to like football, why would I look forward to this day every year? And the answer is appetizers. I mean appetizers of all shapes and sizes. My absolute favorite course. Oh! And it does help that it is an excuse to also pair some of these appetizers with some great beers. For most people, that’s something to look forward to.

If you haven’t had a second, check out Watermark Brewing Company’s place. I am biased since it is my husbands place, but I have to say, best beers I’ve had. I even used one of their stouts called Bert’s Breakfast Stout for the hard sauce (totally optional btw) and the flavors really came together.

So yeah, I love super bowl Sunday. And this year I am going HAM. Starting with these bacon wrapped dates.

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese

Oh, and guys, these are totally easy to make, just pop the pit out of the dates (or buy already pitted to cut the time even more), stuff with a little bit of goat cheese, wrap with half a piece of bacon and cook! By the time you’re done, this will have only taken up 30 minutes of your time from start to finish, and your friends or family will be super impressed.

ENJOY!

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Brown Sugar Stout Hard Sauce

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By Twig & Berry Kitchen Serves: 20 to 30 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

These bacon dates are the best flavor all in one bite. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday, a sweet change of pace to a charcuterie board or even late night snack.

Ingredients

  • 20- 30 pitted dates (I love medjool but any kind work)
  • 20-30 half slices of bacon, thick cut
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup stout beer (optional or swap for bourbon)
  • toothpicks (optional)

Instructions

1

If using toothpicks, soak them in water for 10 minutes before using.

2

Start by preheating your oven to 425º. In a medium pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the brown sugar and beer. Stir while cooking for about 3-5 minutes, until the alcohol cooks down and the mixture begins to boil.

3

While the syrup cooks, begin the dates. On a flat surface, begin to place a small amount of goat cheese into every date center, should be about 1/2 teaspoon. I like to buy pre slit dates and just use the same slit to place the goat cheese. Then wrap each date with a half slice of bacon. Once you have the dates wrapped, place them on a separate pan seam side down (I love using my cast iron here). If they are falling apart, you can use a tooth pick to keep them together. Try not to over crowd.

4

When all of your dates are in the pan begin to cook them 2 minutes each side over medium heat. This helps crisp up the outer layer of bacon. Once the outside has been cooked, drizzle the syrup over the dates, then finish cooking in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Mine usually take 15. Let them cool and enjoy!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle
    January 31, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I’m so hungry now!! 😋

    • Reply
      MorMor
      February 2, 2019 at 10:10 am

      O my gosh. I’ll have to get out to the store for the ingredients even if I don’t have any one in to share them with me.or watch the game. You make these sound wonderful MorMor

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