Let me tell you, I enjoy going out to eat with Josh. But, the man is stuck in his eating roots. Burgers and fries, pizza or occasionally a steak. I convineed him to order a chicken sandwich one night and that was a big deal. So, anyway...when we go to a new place or go with another couple I do a happy dance inside. And...a year ago, our dinner at Buck and Honeys with Sarah and Jon did not disappoint. They choose a couple of different appetizers for the table one being bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and then drizzled with balsamic. Josh never, ever would have went for this. But...he tried it and he liked it!
Fast forward to a day at Costco when I was perusing the produce and found a large carton of dates. In the cart they went. I did my own recreation of Buck & Honey’s appetizer while also finding a snicker bar knock off date recipe!
Savory Dates - Bacon wrapped dates
Bacon stripes, cut into thrids
Cheese of choice - Buck & Honey’s used goat cheese which was amazing, but I only had cream cheesed and they turned out great!
To pit your dates, make a slice the long way on the date and pop the pit out. Stuff the date with your cheese. Fill it up good, but you don’t want it piled on top. Wrap a third of a peice of bacon around the date. If needed, you can use a tooth pick to hold it together. After making a how many ever you want, place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 until bacon is crispy - 15 to 20 minutes. Once out, place on your serving tray or board and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Sweet Dates - Snicker Knock off Dates
Nut butter of choice (plain old peanutbutter won around here, but you can use whatever you like)
Pink Himalayan sea salt
To pit your dates, make a slice the long way on the date and pop the pit out. Stuff the date with your nut butter of choice. Don’t be afraid to load it up. Top with a little sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt. Now, you can eat them right away..or put them in the fridge. If you have a little bit of patience...the colder the better! Straight up snickers, tell me I am wrong!