If you have been reading along for a while, you already know how much I love two things: simple, delicious appetizers, and cheese! For my fourth recipe from The Cheeses of Europe, I used Bleu D’Auvergne to create an easy, mouth-watering appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Dates. Bleu D’Auvergne has a delicious flavor with undertones of wildflower, so it pairs amazingly with the sweet dates and salty bacon. The best part about this recipe is the ingredient list – you only need five simple, wonderful ingredients to throw this appetizer together!
A short shopping list and prep time makes this dish a great choice for entertaining guests – and who doesn’t get excited when you walk in and smell bacon?
See the full recipe below, or watch the video to see how I prepared this delectable dish!
20 Medjool dates
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
3 ounces Bleu d’ Auvergne cheese, cut into chunks
Small handful pistachios, crushed
10 bacon slices cut in half lengthwise
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Cut slits down one side of the dates just large enough to remove the pits—careful not to cut entirely in half.
- Fill each date with some chopped parsley, a chunk of Bleu d’Auvergne cheese, and a sprinkle of crushed pistachios. Lightly squeeze them shut.
- Wrap a strip of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick. Bake on a parchment covered baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes, until bacon is crispy.