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Bacon wrapped dates

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Happy Thanksgiving FJ!

We went to a friend's house for the day and brought an appetizer to share. They are really easy, just stuff the dates with a little goat cheese and wrap in bacon secured with a toothpick. Bake at 380(F) for 10 minutes, flip and 10 more minutes. They were a HUGE success and they are a great prep-ahead dish. Hope everyone had a good holiday. 



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I have always wanted to try this. I have a big package of dates too. Sadly I am pretty sure nobody in my family would touch them. I may try to make just a few for myself.

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My former sister in law used to make these using cheddar cheese. Sounds weird, but tastes fantastic. I'll have to try the goat cheese version.

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My SIL does these with blue cheese. I only have 2 because they are sooo very rich and delicious.

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      1 hour ago, JillyO said:

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