Enjoy Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, an easy appetizer to bake or grill. Medjool dates are stuffed with cranberry goat cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Friends, are you looking for a “melt-in-your-mouth” appetizer for the holidays? You can bake these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, but let me tell you, there’s something about the grilling process that makes these dates so tender and soft.

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Dates stuffed with cheese

There’s nothing better than dates stuffed with cheese, with bacon wrapped around the outside. Charred and cooked to perfection. Add in “cranberry” goat cheese – perfect for the season!

Grilled Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

What are stuffed dates?

Traditionally stuffed dates are boiled dates, filled with meat, mint and parsley. It’s an Israeli dish served on rice or bulgur, using either fresh or dried dates.

I grew up eating dates in this Pumpkin Date Bread and these Date Crinkle Cookies (perfect for the holidays).

Easy Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I got away with wrapping each date with 1 piece of pre-cooked bacon.

The cheese? You can use regular goat cheese, but because it’s the holidays, I used this amazing Cranberry Chevre Goat Cheese.

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How to bake dates

Guess what? No toothpick involved.

If you don’t want to grill, try baking at 400 degrees for about 15 to 18 minutes. The timing for stuffed dates really depends on the size and the type of bacon that you use. If you use precooked (like I did), then it takes less time than a super fatty bacon.

Riding bikes to dinner

My husband and I rode our bikes to dinner last week. We left at dusk, riding to our destination, enjoying the outdoor fire and the beautiful pink sunset. So lucky, we walked out to as far as the path would take us, to feel a cold breeze on our cheeks, hand-in-hand.

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We still hold hands and kiss and spend as much time together that we can. I’m so grateful that we love to spend time together.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates appetizer

Here’s a yummy dinner menu:

Browned Butter Rosemary Scallops with Mascarpone Polenta

Pancetta Roasted Brussels Sprouts (with hot crunchy bread)

Classic Easy Gourmet Salad from RecipeGirl

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Cake

or

Dark Chocolate Fudge Pomegranate Fudge from How Sweet Eats

Appetizers … well of course, these Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates.

The simplest things remind us of our blessings–getting together with friends, taking a walk, sharing the beauty of a sunset with another person. Even if we simply share appetizers and a glass of wine, sometimes we just need a little nosh and a little hug. :)

Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Recipe

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Ingredients

  • 16 Organic Medjool Dates, seeds removed
  • 4 oz. Cranberry Chevre Goat Cheese, cut into 16 small pieces
  • 16 pieces fully cooked bacon - I buy at Trader Joe's

Instructions

  • Remove the seeds from the dates. Stuff the dates with chunks of cheese, squeezing back together at the cut seam. Wrap each stuffed date with 1 piece of bacon. Place the dates on a plate until ready to bake or grill.
  • To Grill: Place the dates on the the grill (about 350 degrees), and cook, or heat? turning them over twice. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Notes

To Bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
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