Bacon Wrapped Dates

 

Ingredients

  • 12 dates

  • 6 strips of bacon, cut into halves (I used Applewood Smoked Bacon)

  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella (or other cheese of choice)*

  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 cup Fig Balsamic

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Slice date in half without separating halves completely and remove pit. Press 1/4 ounce of cheese into the center of date. Close date and wrap tightly with a half slice of bacon. Roll in brown sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheet with bacon seam-side down and secure with a toothpick if desired. Repeat with remaining dates.**

  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, and then flip dates, carefully pressing any loose melted cheese back into the dates as best as possible. Bake another 10-12 minutes, until bacon is crisped all around. Cool slightly and drizzle with Fig Balsamic.

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