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  1. 6 large dates, pitted
  2. Scant 1/4 cup mild goat cheese, crumbled
  3. 8 slices of bacon (about 7 ounces), halved crosswise
  4. toothpicks
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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