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Enjoy the flavours of the crispy & savoury bacon, the sweetness and softness of the dates and the saltiness of the cheese - a match made in heaven!
- 24 dates the firm variety, not too mushy
- 200 grams unripened goat cheese * see notes
- 24 strips of bacon you can use turkey or beef bacon, the regular one tastes best!
If you are using dates with seeds in them just use a knife and cut them vertically to remove them. Take care not to cut too deep - you don't want the date to break into half.
Use a spoon to fill the dates with the goat cheese. If the cheese is too mushy you can place it in a piping bag and pipe it directly into the dates.
Wrap a bacon strip over each date and secure the end firmly with a toothpick. Place them slightly apart on a large baking tray
Preheat oven to 200 C and bake for about 7-8 mins or until golden/crispy (the baking time will vary according to your oven and also how crispy you prefer your bacon)
Remove and serve immediately!
1. I have seen two types of goat cheese, one that is ripened and has a rind and the other one is soft, almost like feta cheese and crumbles - use this variety. You can use the plain one or with herbs or other flavours. 2. Instead of goat cheese you may use feta cheese or paneer too. If you are using paneer, do make sure it is absolutely fresh, soft and crumbly. Old paneer will be rubbery. Do season it with salt and herbs or any other seasoning of your choice.