It’s hard to go wrong with bacon wrapped anything. It was my niece Amy who first introduced me to bacon wrapped dates and I was won over immediately, but I did find that they were a bit too sweet. The beauty of adding the blue cheese is that it cuts the sweetness and gives it just enough zing.
These little bundles of sweet, salty goodness are sometimes called Devils on Horseback. Whatever you call them, they are easy to make and will impress your guests.
Slice the dates in half. It’s easier if you don’t quite slice them all the way through. In your little date sandwich, lay some blue cheese. The strong flavours of the dates and bacon will for the most part overpower the taste of the blue cheese so even if you aren’t a blue cheese fan, don’t be afraid to add a generous amount. I use pre-sliced blue cheese and break it into chunks.
Cut your bacon in half and roll the stuffed date in the bacon, securing with a toothpick. These do hold together pretty well without the toothpick so no need to panic if you’ve run out.
Place the appies on a shiny metal tray. The shiny metal tray is an important detail. I cook everything on stoneware except for bacon. Bacon will not crisp up the way you need it to unless it is on a metal tray. I have a few old trays that I use exclusively for bacon.
Stick your pan in a 375° oven and bake until the bacon reaches the level of crispiness that you want. I like my bacon crispy.
That’s it! Three ingredients, a few minutes of assembly, pop them in the oven, and serve!
If you are looking for other easy recipe ideas, you may want to check out our 3 ingredient appetizers category or follow our 3 Ingredient Appetizers board on Pinterest.
- 24 dates
- blue cheese
- 12 strips of bacon sliced in half
Preheat the oven to 375°.
Slice the dates almost all the way through.
Stuff the dates with blue cheese.
Wrap each stuffed date with 1/2 a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick.
Bake on a metal cookie sheet until bacon has reached desired crispness.