Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 24 large moist dates
- 12 slices of bacon, cut in half
- 4 ozs softened fresh goat cheese
- 24 whole toasted almonds
Move oven rack to upper third of oven and preheat oven to 475 °.
Pit dates carefully to hold as much of their shape as possible. Halve the 12 slices of bacon crosswise. Put the goat cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a round, plain 1⁄4" tip.
Stuff the cavity of each date with 1 almond. Pipe goat cheese into each stuffed date or alternately use a small demitasse spoon. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around width of each date.
Put dates on a baking sheet, seam side down, at least 1⁄2" apart. Bake until bacon is golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly before serving.