Bacon Wrapped Dates with Bleu D’Auvergne

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. Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 2.25.43 PMBleu 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!

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 2.27.57 PMA 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?

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 2.28.19 PMSee the full recipe below, or watch the video to see how I prepared this delectable dish!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Cut slits down one side of the dates just large enough to remove the pits—careful not to cut entirely in half.
  3. Fill each date with some chopped parsley, a chunk of Bleu d’Auvergne cheese, and a sprinkle of crushed pistachios. Lightly squeeze them shut.
  4. 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.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 2.29.13 PM
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