Thanksgiving appetizer – Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates with Almonds and Goat Cheese

This week I will be focusing on my essential recipes for a perfect Thanksgiving Dinner. We start off the week with my go-to easy to make appetizer that will impress all your guests.

Years ago my fabulous friend Peter made these for a party. My mind was blown. I just couldn’t get enough of them. They are a perfect mix of salty and sweet and a decedent appetizer perfect for any party or a great precursor for Thanksgiving dinner.


PREP TIME: 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 45 minutes


  • 24 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 24  whole unsalted almonds
  • 4 oz plain goat cheese
  • 12 slices of thinly sliced smoked bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a Baking Sheet with either tin foil or a Silpat.
  3. Take each date and slice it down the center. Place 1 almond in the center of the date (where the pit used to be). Add 1 tsp of goat cheese around the almond. Take the halved bacon slice and wrap it around the date. Secure with a toothpick.
  4. Continue to do this with all the dates. Line the pan with the dates.
  5. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the fat has rendered.
  6. Serve immediately.


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