Manchego Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are always a good idea as an appetizer for the holidays. Sweet Medjool dates are stuffed with a piece of buttery Manchego cheese and wrapped in thick sliced applewood smoked bacon. These sweet and salty little nuggets are then roasted in the oven till crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Dip them in honey for a bit of extra sweetness or devour them all on their own!
Recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates
As you all know, appetizers are a favorite for our family around the holidays and this recipe hits the spot. At any holiday, these Manchego Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are always a must. I have been making bacon wrapped dates for years after trying them at a local tapas restaurant. I first started making them for different family functions and various holiday get-togethers. Now, we seem to make them all of the time! We have tried a few different versions of bacon wrapped dates, stuffing them with different types of cheese or wrapping them in different flavors of bacon. This recipe though, I think is my favorite.
What are Medjool Dates?
I highly recommend using Medjool dates, when you are able to find them. Medjool dates are a variety of date which have a more rich, caramel like flavor to them. They are also a bit softer and chewier in texture. Since Medjool dates tend to be larger in size, they are perfect to stuff bits of cheese into. They usually can be located in the produce section of your local grocery store. If you can find pitted dates as well, that’s an added bonus!
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese
Not only is this recipe a major flavor bomb in your mouth, it’s really simple to put together as well. Just a few simple steps and you are your way to ultimate deliciousness.
- First, remove any pits from the dates (if necessary) and cut the cheese into thin rectangles to fit inside of the dates.
- Next, stuff the dates with cheese and then wrap in a half of a slice of bacon. I like put a toothpick through the center of it to secure the bacon during cooking.
- Lastly, bake dates in the oven for about 25-30 minutes till the bacon is nice and crispy. Devour!
Obviously these dates are delicious on their own, but for a touch of extra sweetness, drizzle them with a bit of honey or even on the side for dipping.
More Christmas Appetizer Recipes…
If you liked this recipe for my Manchego Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates, check out these other favorites that also make for delicious holiday appetizers:
- Pepperoncini Dip with Bagel Chips
- Parmesan Rosemary Crackers
- Fried Goat Cheese Bites with Arrabbiata Dip
Lastly, if you make these tasty Manchego Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates, please be sure to leave a comment and give it a rating. I love to hear from each and every one of you! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as well, if you make any of my recipes. It makes my day to see all of your photos of the food you have made.
**This post was originally published in November 2017 and was re-published in December 2020