Looking for the perfect appetizer to please all guests at any occasion? Look no further. Not only are these dates stuffed with both goat cheese and almonds, but they are also wrapped in bacon and baked to absolute perfection. They’re easily made paleo and/or Whole30 compliant by omitting the goat cheese although, over the holidays, I don’t recommend skimping out on a thing- especially cheese.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I am so thankful that The Lord sent His son Jesus into this world so that you and I have life and have it abundantly. Our family experienced His abundant love last night.
Like every Christmas, we had an intimate mass at my aunt and uncle’s house with Father Francis, followed by dinner and dancing. His family is still in Uganda so every year he spends Christmas with us and celebrates mass right in the foyer.
I’m the youngest of all the cousins so this is the first time that I’ve ever contributed anything to any holiday menu. I decided to start small with an appetizer and work my way up. I had no troubling thinking of exactly what I wanted to make, but I wanted to go ahead and set the bar high. If you don’t know the background of my health journey, I’m a lover of paleo/Whole30, but my big fat Italian family is all about the cheese. This appetizer is the ultimate compromise. It’s best stuffed with goat cheese, but leave it out, and it’s still absolutely delicious.
I stuffed 1/3 of the dates with just almonds, 1/3 with only goat cheese, and 1/3 with both, in order to please everyone. I have to admit, however, that these are definitely best with the whole shebang because it’s well endowed with flavor and texture. You have a rich of the dates stuffed with creamy goat cheese and crunchy almonds, wrapped in crisp bacon.
These stuffed dates were a huge hit for Christmas, but the best part is that they’re always in season and appreciated all year round!
- 2 cups of dates
- ½ cup almonds
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 2 packages of thin cut bacon
- 1½ cup of balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Cut dates and discard the pits
- Stuff with goat cheese and/or almonds
- Wrap in ½ piece of thick cut bacon or 1 piece of thin cut bacon
- Put on a cookie sheet over tinfoil
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes
- Take the dates out of the oven and flip them over
- Place back in the oven for 12 more minutes
- While the dates are baking, boil your balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan for 5 minutes and let it simmer for 10-15 until it reduces to about ¼ cup
- Drizzles the balsamic vinegar over the dates and serve warm
I hope everyone is having a Christmas filled with abundant blessing and quality time with the ones you love the most. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to celebrate the holiday!