Meat Candy

So, yes, the name is ridiculous, but this little appetizer is just downright AMAZING.  I first had it at the Pacific Grill in Tacoma, Washington.  Once I’d had it, I just had to find a copycat recipe online.

You can find copycat recipes of just about anything online, and in this case, it was Pinterest to the rescue! And so you don’t have to go searching for it yourself, here’s how to make it!

We start with bacon. Which is always a great start to any recipe. But you’ll also need dates and either feta or goat cheese.  Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.

Cut the bacon strips in half.  The number of half-strips you now have equals the number of candies you can make. (I like to use thick-cut bacon)

Based on the number above, count out your dates. With thick-cut bacon, I usually get about 22-24 dates per rasher.

Next, you want to slit the dates lengthwise. Assuming you have bought pitted dates, you want to just cut into the hole left by the pits. You do NOT want to slice them completely in half.

Next, stuff the dates with the cheese! This is a messy endeavor, and there’s really no good way to do it, plus dates are sticky. Just resign yourself to getting your hands dirty. Use as much or as little cheese as you would like, but note! Dates are REALLY sweet, so I would err on the side of more cheese to provide a contrast to the sweetness. (Even despite the bacon)

Next, wrap the cheese-filled dates in the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet.

Pop those into the oven for about 15 minutes, or until bacon is at desired doneness.  There are no pictures of the finished product: they didn’t last that long. Trust me, there will not be any leftovers.   Be sure to make plenty, because they are a huge hit!

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