If you’re looking for a unique appetizer, these Bacon-Wrapped Onion Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates are it! I’m not a huge fan of dates but when you fill a sweet date with an onion-y cream cheese mixture, wrap it in salty bacon, and baked it to crispy perfection, they are awesome! The way the sweet dates are complemented by salty and savory ingredients really makes them in a class of their own. If you have a party coming up and want people to talk about amazing food, this recipe needs to be added to the menu!
Ryan came home the other day with a 10 lb. box of dates! What am I going to do with 10 lbs? We ate a few just plain. I think they’re ok but not my favorite. After eating a few I started plotting on how I would get rid of them without throwing them away. Dates are dried like raisins. They have a very chewy texture and sweet. The ones Ryan brought home were pitted so they had about a quarter-inch hole through the center. These bacon-wrapped stuffed dates would make an amazing finger food at any gathering.
Dates are dried like raisins. They have a very chewy texture and their flesh is very sweet. As I examined a pitted date, starring at the hole through the center, it came to me. I will stuff them! Stuffed dates sound so much better, right? I figured if I’m going to stuff them I might as well cover them in bacon too because everything tastes better wrapped in bacon. 😉
These bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are so good. The sweet date stuffed with tangy, oniony, cream cheese and wrapped in salty, crisp bacon make it delicious and one-of-a-kind! I think I ate about half the batch myself.
These little bites of goodness were simple to make. Here’s what I used to make them (plus salt and pepper):
I made just under 40 bacon-wrapped stuffed dates. It came down to how many slices of bacon I had (which was about 19).
To start, I chopped the green onions, added them to the cream cheese along with some salt and pepper.
The easiest way to stuff dates with this filling is by piping it. I used a Wilton No. 12 round tip and a zip-lock bag to pipe the filling. The tip fit perfectly into the date and the zip-lock bag made for quick and easy clean up.
Once the filling was in the bag equipped with the No. 12 piping tip, I stuffed each date. This cream cheese tasted and smelled sooo amazing. I totally wanted a bagel slathered when it.
Don’t they look delicious already? Once the dates were all stuffed, I wrapped each in a half slice of regular cut bacon. If you use thick cut, the bacon won’t get super crispy. I used a toothpick to secure the bacon and give people something to pick them up with.
These little babies are ready for a heat wave. I placed them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Into the oven they went to get a little crispy.
I prefer my bacon crisp. If you like yours on the more chewy side, you can lessen the bake time by a couple minutes.
That’s it! They were ready to serve right out of the oven. I sprinkled mine with some extra green onion pieces to add a little freshness and color to the plate.
If you are a lover of sweet, salty, savory combos you will love this recipe. These stuffed dates make for an amazing finger food at any gathering.
Are you a stuffed dates fan? What’s your favorite dates dish or dessert?
This recipe cost me:
- $2.00 – pitted dates (bought in bulk)
- $0.50 – cream cheese (on sale $1 for 8oz pk)
- $0.35 – green onions
- $1.79 – bacon
- $free – toothpicks (already had on-hand)
$4.64 – MY TOTAL COST (that’s less than $0.12 per date!)
See the estimated cost of this recipe below the printable recipe which can be found here.
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