Wild Boar Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese
Bacon wrapped dates might be the epitome of salty & sweet flavor perfection. In my opinion, they’re one of the most decadent appetizers you can make and they’re truly so simple to prepare. The smooth, succulent flesh of the Medjool dates and their caramelly flavor always make me feel like I’m sitting in the lap of luxury. Franky, I would go as far as to call them a delicacy.
Wild boar bacon wrapped dates are the type of food I envision gods and goddesses eating as they lounge about in the heavens. And to really take things to the next level, I decided to stuff them with herbed goat cheese. Dates go incredibly well with savory herbal flavors and the goat cheese adds a delightful creaminess.
Wild Boar Bacon Is The (Not So) Secret Ingredient
If you’ve never tried our wild boar bacon before, get ready to be obsessed. Bacon is already known for being one of the most delicious foods in existence. Our wild boars roam the forests of the Southwest, foraging their natural preferred diet of roots, nuts, berries and tubers. This gives our wild boar meat a nutty, complex flavor profile that has so much depth and dimension compared to conventional pork bacon. It’s also slightly less greasy than conventional bacon and contains more vitamins and minerals.
Medjool Dates Are The Way To Go If You Can Find Them
For this recipe, I highly recommend finding Medjool dates in particular. They have by far the most succulent texture of any type of date and are large enough to be suitable for stuffing with creamy goat cheese. Depending on where you buy them, it can sometimes be difficult to find dates that aren’t dried out. Look for ones that are packaged in a sealed bag, which are usually guaranteed to still be moist and plump. Even with dates that are a little drier, this recipe will still turn out delicious. But if you have access to dates that still plump, it will only make this incredible appetizer more delicious.
You Could Leave Out The Herbed Goat Cheese, But It’s Extremely Tasty
You could easily leave the herbed goat cheese out and still have a mouthwatering result. There’s endless variations of things you could stuff dates with. But the combination of the creamy goat cheese along with the crispy bacon is just so good, I highly recommend trying it out. Any goat cheese would do the trick but the flavor of the herbs is a great addition. You can purchase creamy goat cheese with herbs already in it, or finely mince fresh herbs and add them in yourself.
- 8 slices of wild boar bacon
- 16 Medjool dates
- 4 ounces creamy herbed goat cheese
- 16 toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and get out a baking sheet to prepare the dates on.
- Use a small, sharp knife to make slits in the dates lengthwise. Take the pits out. I also prefer to remove the little piece at the end where the date was attached to the stem.
- Use a butter knife to stuff each date generously with goat cheese. Gently squeeze the sides of the date together to secure the goat cheese inside. Place the stuffed dates on the baking sheet.
- Cut the slices of wild boar bacon in half. Wrap each date snugly in a piece of bacon and slide a toothpick through the whole thing to secure.
- Arrange the dates so they’re evenly spaced on a baking sheet. Use a rimmed baking sheet if possible to prevent any grease from dripping into the oven.
- Bake the dates for 10 minutes. Turn each date over on its side and bake for another 5-8 minutes. Flip to the other side and repeat.
- Remove from the oven and rest for five minutes on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve and enjoy!
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