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Simple Holiday Appetizers

Here are two quick, simple date appetizers that are unique and taste great!

Dates Wrapped in Bacon:

  • Whole pitted dates
  • Blanched whole almonds
  • Bacon strips cut on half
  • Toothpicks

Put an almond in each date. Wrap a piece of bacon around each stuffed date and secure with a toothpick. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place dates on foil and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until bacon is crisp and done. Remove to rack or paper towel; drain. Serve warm.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates:

  • Whole pitted dates
  • Blue cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Chopped walnuts

Start out by making a cheese mixture of equal parts blue cheese and cream cheese. Mix the cheeses together until smooth (you may need to add a little water to develop a smooth texture). Using a teaspoon, stuff the dates with the cheese mixture. Place the stuffed dates on a platter and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Chill for 20 minutes and serve.