In a rare burst of hospitality, we had company over on Saturday night. It’s not that we don’t like people… quite the contrary, we love people; we especially love our friends. We just don’t invite people over often. I think, mostly, because we don’t want to have to clean the house. And it’s not that our house isn’t clean, but we do exist with a certain amount of dust and cobwebs… and we have those two gigantic dogs living and breathing and shedding and slobbering…and for us, that’s okay, but when you invite people over, you gotta get rid of that dust and cobwebs; you gotta scrub all the dog spit from the walls and sometimes the ceilings, and that can be a lot of work.
So we spent the day cleaning and then welcomed several good friends in for game night and cocktails. But what would game night and cocktails be without a mouth-watering treat from the Ginger Kitchen? We talked about it that week and I threw ideas out like a slow pitch soft ball player… lobbed them up for Jon to swing at and he finally connected with Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon. I don’t know where the idea came from. I was trying to think of something fancy, but simple that would appeal to everyone (hence the bacon). After a bit of research, Jon found a couple of recipes to combine (details below). Watching him through the process was a bit painful. The dates are sticky, as is the Blue Cheese, so the act of stuffing wasn’t easy, but once they were stuffed, rolling them in bacon was a breeze and “made up for the rest of it,” Jon says. Pop them in the oven and 20 minutes later we had the perfect appetizer- salty and sweet, crunchy and gooey… I can’t wait to make these again and in a larger quantity- 3 just wasn’t enough for me! I am not very good at sharing.
- 16 large dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 8 slices of bacon, halved crosswise
Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut a lengthwise slit in the dates. Stuff each one with about 1/2 teaspoon of the blue cheese. Pinch the dates closed. Wrap each date securely in a piece of bacon and arrange the dates, seam side down, on a wire rack set on a baking sheet.
Bake the stuffed dates for about 20 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crisp; turn each date after 10 minutes. Serve the stuffed dates warm or at room temperature.