- 6 large dates, pitted
- Scant 1/4 cup mild goat cheese, crumbled
- 8 slices of bacon (about 7 ounces), halved crosswise
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut a lengthwise slit in the dates. Stuff each one with about 1/2 teaspoon of the goat cheese. Pinch the dates closed. Wrap each date securely in a piece of bacon, uses toothpick to hold close, and arrange the dates, seam side down, on a wire rack set on a baking sheet.
- Bake the stuffed dates for about 20 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crisp; turn each date after 10 minutes. Serve the stuffed dates warm or at room temperature.