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Cheese and Dried-Fruit Appetizers

Yield Makes 4 servings
Notes: To vary this recipe, use 20 prunes (8 oz. total) instead of dates; 1/2 cup fresh chèvre (goat) cheese instead of blue cheese; and 3 ounces thin-sliced prosciutto cut into 1- by 6-inch strips instead of bacon.

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates (about 2/3 lb. total)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Oregon blue or other blue cheese
  • 6 slices (4 1/2 oz. total) bacon, cut in half crosswise

Nutrition Information

  • calories 350
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • protein 9.6 g
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 6.3 g
  • carbohydrate 57 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • sodium 498 mg
  • cholesterol 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Slit dates lengthwise down 1 side and remove pits. Squeeze fruit from ends to open slits, and fill equally with cheese. Press dates to close around cheese. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date, securing with a toothpick. Place dates in a 10- by 15-inch pan.

  2. Bake in a 450° oven until bacon is well browned, about 10 minutes (about 6 minutes in a convection oven); after about 4 minutes, use a wide spatula to ease dates loose from pan and turn over.

  3. Nutritional analysis per serving with dates.