Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese (Devils on Horseback)


Hiya, friends! How quickly two weeks flew by – hope everyone has been too occupied by food, family and friends to notice my absence…

My beautiful rittle seester is visiting from across Canada with her hubby, which has been my primary distraction.


With the whole country between us, I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with that radiant smile.

Theo is pretty smitten with his auntie and uncle, too, can’t you tell?

With the blur of the holiday busy-ness, I find it handy to have some quick and easy appys to whip up on a moment’s notice for guests.

I keep a nice box of crackers on hand – specifically these ones – along with a couple of yummy, but not-too-fancy cheeses, like a basic creamy blue or goat’s cheese and a smoked cheddar, and a selection of dried fruit (dates, apricots, figs) and nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts). Easy, inexpensive cheese platter at a moment’s notice.

However, it’s nice to have something hot to serve, too. I find that anything wrapped in bacon goes over particularly well.


Devils on Horseback (aka bacon-wrapped blue cheese-stuffed dates) are always a hit. And I often make variations with whatever I have on hand – subbing goat’s cheese or even feta when I don’t have blue in the fridge, or using soft apricots or even halved prunes instead of dates.

The classic salty-sweet combo is supremely addictive – I guarantee there will be arm-wrestles for the last one.


Wishing everyone a great time ringing in 2014. Chances are high that I won’t make it to midnight (see exhibit A below), so have an extra glass of bubbly for me!



Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese (Devils on Horseback)
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Serves: 10
Placing a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet ensures the bacon will get crispy all the way around the date - no soggy bottoms here! If using regular or thick-cut bacon, I pre-cook it for a minute or two in the microwave (place on plate, cover with a paper towel) - it will render some of its fat and bakes up more crispy.
  • 3 oz/100 g blue cheese
  • 20 large medjool dates, sliced open lengthwise (but not cut through), stones removed
  • 10 slices bacon (I typically use thin-sliced bacon from the butcher or deli section - but thicker bacon is just fine, with a few minutes longer cooking time)
  • Toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Stuff about 1 teaspoon of blue cheese into the cavity of each date. Once all the dates have been stuffed, cut the bacon in half crosswise. Wrap each date in a half-slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick through the middle. Arrange dates on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet as you go. Once all stuffed dates have been wrapped, bake for about 10 minutes, until bacon is crispy - it will take longer if your bacon is regular or thick-cut (see note above about pre-cooking a bit in microwave).

  • bhatdixy

    i hope you guys have a wonderful time together. love the salty-sweet combo.

  • Deb

    Oooh, these are one of my favorite appys at a local pub – thanks for the recipe!

  • foodess

    bhatdixy Thank you :)

  • foodess

    @Deb You’re most welcome!

  • Velez Delights

    Happy New Year! Loving this post :)

  • Manuela Armenta

    Any tips for making these ahead of time?

    • Jennifer Pallian

      Yes! I assemble them and freeze them in a single layer. Then bake from frozen a few minutes longer, until the bacon is crispy. :)

    • foodess

      Yes, Manuela! I assemble them, freeze them in a single layer, then store in zippered freezer bags. Bake from frozen for a few minutes longer, until the bacon is crispy. :)