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RECIPE: Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

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Ingredients:

  • 8 slices thin-cut bacon, halved
  • 16 dates
  • 4 oz blue cheese
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.
  2. Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of blue cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close
  3. Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. The bacon should only wrap around the date about 1 ½ times to ensure it cooks through properly. If bacon is too long, trim it to the correct length.
  4. Arrange evenly on a raised edge baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the dates from the oven and use the toothpick to flip each one. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking.
  5. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel-lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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