Roasted Garlic Bacon Wrapped Dates
Boy oh boy.... if the holidays couldn't get any more YUMMIER. I bring you a secret ingredient we love to put in our bacon wrapped dates.... roasted garlic. Yes.. you heard me! Roasted garlic, I would put on everything & anything. It is so easy & adds that special WOW factor to many dishes. Then mixed with goat cheese, jalapeño stuffing, put inside a date, wrapped in bacon? Ya, can't get better than that!
Makes 16 wrapped dates
- 16 pieces of bacon
-16 fresh dates, pitted (the best ones for this are from the bulk section, so they are big enough to stuff)
-4 oz plain goat cheese
-1 jalapeño deseeded & diced into fine pieces
-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large bulb garlic roasted ( 2 large cloves mashed)
-1/8 tsp salt
tooth picks & aluminum foil & olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 400
1. Take large bulb of garlic, trim the top head of the garlic off, about 1/4 until the cloves are exposed. Then peel off the loose white paper off around the bulb. Then break off a large square of aluminum & place bulb with garlic cloves facing up. Spray with olive oil spray all over, then wrap up the bulb. By folding all the sides of aluminum up & then twisting the top together over the top of the bulb. Then place in oven at 400 for 30 minutes.
2. While garlic is cooking, line 9 X 11 lipped baking pan with aluminum foil (lipped so none of the oil leaks out) Then in a medium sized bowl add in jalapeño (deseeded & chopped finely) , goat cheese & olive oil. Mix well together.
3. Take each date & take all the pits out. After you take the pits out form the dates so it makes a little boat, room for the stuffing.
4. Once garlic is cooked take out to let cool a few minutes, your house will be smelling AMAZING. Then open up the aluminum, the tops of the garlic cloves should be nice & caramelized. Take 2 large cloves & squeeze out the roasted garlic in a small bowl. Smash together well with a fork. Then add into the goat cheese mixture, & mix throughly.
5. Now start stuffing generously. Depending on how large they are, you will want to add more stuffing so that the sweet & savory balance out well. Dates vary in sizes, so just be aware :) Then start wrapping each date with bacon. I put 16 pieces for 16 dates for a nice safety net. Like I mentioned above, no dates are the exact same size. So for some of my larger dates I needed a whole pieces of bacon, for some I only needed half. You want as much bacon that will wrap around once, or to where it covers the whole date in one layer & over laps a bit at the top to stick a tooth pick through & it holds together. You will repeat this until all your dates are wrapped & held together by your tooth pick.
6. Line the layer lipped pan with the bacon wrapped dates. Date tooth pick facing up. Then spray all of them with a light olive oil spray. Place in oven at 400 degrees for 13 minutes. Then take out of oven. Transfer the dates to a large plate. Then change out the aluminum foil with a fresh sheet & then this is the PRO TIP: in order to get the bottoms crispy, you will now place the dates on its side. So they are now resting on the tooth pick on the side, so now the side that was not exposed is facing up to get even crispness! Then place back in oven for 12 more minutes. Until nice & crispy!
Line the large plate with a towel or paper towel & place all the dates on it to absorb any excess grease before placing on a serving tray, that way it doesn't get the serving plate shiny. Then ENJOY!
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