Bacon Wrapped Dates 

Sweet and salty, with the richness of cream cheese, these are party pleasers for sure.  

Yield: 32 pieces 

Time: 45 minutes


32 Large Dates, preferably Medjool 

1 cup *Mushroom Marinade cream cheese 

1/4 sliced Marcona Almonds, broken into pieces 

16 slices Bacon, cut in half  

Preheat oven to 325. Place bacon slices on a sheet tray and cook until fat has begun to render, but bacon is still very flexible.  

While bacon cooks, pit dates by splitting lengthwise with fingers and pushing pits out, leave split open. Mix almonds into cream cheese. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture into each date. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and rest seam side down on a sheet tray. Turn oven up to 400. Cook until bacon is crisp and dates are heated through, about 8-12 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.