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Date, goat cheese and bacon nibbles recipe

Date, goat cheese and bacon nibbles recipe

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This is a very easy but good recipe. People will think you are a gourmet chef with these dates filled with goat cheese and pecans!

23 people made this

IngredientsServes: 20

  • 20 stoned dates
  • 4 tablespoons soft goat cheese
  • 20 ounces pecans
  • 10 rashers streaky bacon, cut in half
  • 125ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:45min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Slice open the dates, and stuff each with about 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese. Top each date with a pecan, using the goat cheese to hold the pecans in place. Wrap each date with 1/2 rasher bacon.
  3. Arrange the wrapped dates on a baking tray. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bacon is crisp and evenly brown.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the balsamic vinegar and sugar until thickened. Pour over the dates to serve.

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Reviews in English (19)

by VELVETP

These were great! I did not use bacon either. Yes if you don't like goat cheese, then don't make this recipe. I have never had goat cheese before and it is very smooth and creamy. I also have never had dates. I can't believe how good these were, everyone raved about them and asked for the recipe. I will make these for a Christmas appetizer.Very easy! yumyumyum-17 Dec 2004

by SHERRYLI

This recipe is awesome!! I didn't use bacon and they turned out great!! Everyone loved this recipe even people that never tried dates before including myself!! You will want to eat all of them!! People thought I was a gormet chef how easy easy easy!! Try them for the holidays-10 Nov 2004

by Valerie Brunmeier

These are delicious! Super easy to assemble and great finger food for parties. I used thick cut bacon so I cut the slices in thirds and it was perfect. Definitely make as directed to get desired result. Don't skip balsamic reduction or bacon. These are both big elements of the recipe and these flavors blend in an amazing way. Leave one out and you'll get something completely different. I recommend moving dates to a paper towel after cooking to blot briefly before plating and drizzling with balsamic.-17 Jul 2011


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Prosciutto Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Gorgonzola

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Try These Variations

  • Roasted red pepper and goat cheese
  • Snipped fresh chives and dill with cream cheese (substitute 4 ounces of cream cheese for 1/2 cup of the milk)
  • Lox and capers. Garnish soufflé with a dollop of crème fraiche.
  • Cottage cheese and dill
  • Blue cheese, bacon and red onion
  • Green chilies, Cheddar and chorizo
  • Ham and Cheddar
  • Brie cheese and fresh pears
  • Parmesan cheese shavings and fresh, chopped basil leaves

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5 Fabulous phyllo appetizer recipes

If you’re intimidated by those paper thin sheets of phyllo dough, we’ve got five appetizer recipes that will give you finger food confidence for your next cocktail party or multicourse dinner party. Using phyllo dough is easy and here are five appetizer recipes to prove it.

Fresh fig and goat cheese phyllo triangles recipe

Figs and goat cheese are made for each other, especially when they are tucked in between light, flaky sheets of phyllo. Be sure to keep phyllo sheets covered with a damp towel until you’re ready to use them this will make them easier to handle and keep them from drying out.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 20 sheets phyllo dough
  • 15 fresh small figs, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use your fingers to crumble goat cheese into a medium bowl. Add pecans and honey and mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine goat cheese and walnuts, mixing well.
  4. Stack four sheets of phyllo on a cutting board, lightly brushing each sheet with oil. Use a sharp knife to cut stack into six squares. (Keep remaining sheets of phyllo covered with a damp towel.)
  5. Place one tablespoon or so of chopped figs on the center of each square. Top with two to three teaspoons goat cheese mixture. Drizzle with a little vinegar.
  6. Brush the edges of phyllo squares with water and bring opposite corners together to form a triangle, pressing the edges together to seal. Place on a large baking sheet and brush each triangle with olive oil.
  7. Repeat four more times to use remaining phyllo sheets and filling ingredients. You will have 30 triangles.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown. Serve warm.

Avocado shrimp bites recipe

If working with sheets of phyllo freak you out, take advantage of ready-to-bake phyllo cups. Athens Foods offers 15-count packages of mini phyllo shells that require nothing more than filling and baking. In this easy appetizer recipe, you don’t even need to turn on the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, mashed
  • 6 ounces salad shrimp, chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise made with olive oil
  • Pinch of cayenne or more to taste
  • 15 Athens Mini Fillo Shells (1 box)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine avocado, shrimp, lime zest and juice, green onions, mayonnaise and cayenne.
  2. Fill each shell with avocado mixture and garnish with a sprinkling of cilantro. Serve immediately.

Phyllo-wrapped baked Brie recipe with orange marmalade and walnuts

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A good canapé recipe is handy to have up your sleeve for dinner parties and other get-togethers where finger food and bite-sized snacks are preferred over full-on plated meals.

Cheese canapés are always a favourite party nibble. Bruno Loubet's Roquefort and cranberry endive is a really easy canapé to make and a real winner in both looks and taste.

Fritters, croquettes or beignets are great to have on offer. Martin Wishart's Smoked haddock croquettes with pea purée would be wonderful at a summer garden party, whilst Galton Blackiston's Cheddar beignets with sesame dressing would be a great vegetarian canapé option.

Crab, oysters and other seafood are wonderful to tease into pâtés, place onto crispbreads or wrap up in pastry, lettuce or bacon. Adam Gray's Cornish crab with pink grapefruit mayonnaise makes a lovely party dip, while Salmon gravlax with horseradish from Agnar Sverrisson is a piquant bite your guests will delight in. For a playful canapé idea, try Josh Eggleton’s signature Scallop pops – fuss-free but full of flavour.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen's Turkey sausage meat puff pastry canapés would also make a wonderful festive snack, if you are looking for Christmas canapés to entertain your guests.


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Pancetta Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese (Dream Dates?) March 8, 2008

I made these wonderful dates stuffed with goat cheese as an appetizer for a friend’s birthday party last week. People just loved them, and I have a lot of vegetarian and/or Jewish friends, so I was glad that I was able to make a great appetizer that everyone could eat.

Pancetta Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese (Dream Dates)

24 (or more) pitted dates – Medjool or whatever they have at the store
24 blanched almonds
6 ounces good goat cheese (plain or herbed, softened)
A few strips of pancetta, cut into 24 thin, skinny slices (about the size of a strip of bacon)
Also need: 24 toothpicks, soaked in water for 10 minutes or more

First, preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and set your goat cheese out to soften a bit. Then, get your dates and stuff them with an almond each. Then put your goat cheese into a pastry bag or a sturdy Ziploc bag with a small corner cut out of it and fill the dates the rest of the way with the goat cheese.

Wrap each stuffed date with a strip of pancetta and secure with a toothpick. Put these on parchment paper on a cookie sheet or other oven-safe pan with sides. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and serve right away.

For a recipe with only four ingredients, these little nuggets of joy are inexplicably complex. The honey sweetness of the dates, and the goat cheese adds a smooth yet inexplicable complexity to these things. And the almond balances everything out with a little crunch. I made a bunch without almonds, and they were just as good.

Variations:
– For vegetarians, just leave out the pancetta. It works great, and no need to bother about the toothpicks.
– Use bacon instead of pancetta
– Wrap a fresh basil leaf around the stuffed dates before you wrap them in the pancetta.


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