Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Yield
Serves : Makes 2 Dozen
© Abby Hocking

How to Make It

Step 1    

Cut a lengthwise slit in the side of each date and remove the pits.

Step 2    

In a medium bowl, combine the blue cheese with the cream cheese, salt and pepper. Using a hand mixer, beat at medium speed until thoroughly blended and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Refrigerate the blue cheese filling until firm, about 30 minutes.

Step 3    

Preheat the oven to 425°. Place a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Using a small spoon, stuff each date with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the blue cheese filling, then tuck in a piece of toasted walnut. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon, secure it with a toothpick and transfer to the rack.

Step 4    

Bake the wrapped stuffed dates for about 15 minutes, turning them with tongs once or twice so the bacon crisps on all sides. Transfer the dates to a platter, garnish with thyme leaves and serve warm, with a drizzle of honey and olive oil.

Make Ahead

The stuffed and wrapped dates can be refrigerated overnight before baking.

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