If I told you we were having Bacon-Wrapped Dates stuffed with Goat Cheese, you’d probably get excited, sure. But you’d also get winded just reading through half of that long-ass name. But Devils on Horseback? Simple, evocative, and most-importantly, free of misconception, because you don’t know what the hell it is. You just know you want it. —Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats
medjool dates (get them pitted if you can, otherwise you're gonna have to pit them yourself)
bacon (don’t get the thick kind. You’ll see why later)
In This Recipe
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Pit the dates if you were unfortunate enough to not find the pre-pitted ones, and split them open.
Fill them with goat cheese. You don't need a lot, just enough to be able to close it securely.
Next, wrap each of the dates in half a strip of bacon, then pierce them through with a toothpick. Some people think you have to soak the toothpicks in some water before you use them, but I've tried it both ways and the only difference I've seen is added sogginess. And there's nothing cool or un-gross about soggy bacon.
Arrange the dates on a baking sheet and MAKE SURE you use one with a tall rim, otherwise you're gonna have bacon grease spilling all over your oven.
Stick them in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip and put them back in for another 12-15, until the bacon's nice and crisp.
Let those cool off for a a few minutes, take them off the baking sheet, and you're set.