How To Make Your Guests Love You In Five Short Steps


1. Buy Medjool dates, remove the pits.

2. Stuff each date with a square–or stick–of real Parmesan (1- by 1/4 inch)

3. Wrap each date with 1/3 a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

4. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 5 minutes, then turn with tongs and bake 5 to 6 minutes more (until the bacon is crispy).

5. Serve to your very happy guests.

[Based on this recipe.]


  1. My mother used to make these every Christmas as an appetizer (almond version, and grilled, not baked). I suspect she made them because it’s the kind of stuff kids hate but adults love (thus stopping us from devouring and then not eating anything else). Your post has brought a fond memory of those days…

  2. Great cocktail party snack idea, I’ll have to try it. Another thing to do is take dried figs, hollow them out, put a mixture of bleu cheese (great hill) and candied toasted walnuts inside, then wrap in proscuitto. Heat in a 350 oven for about 10-15 minutes.

  3. I do something similar with mushrooms and parma ham. Wrap up a mushroom with the parma, and bung it onto a skewer. Put a bay leaf (or sage) on, then another wrapped mushroom. Brush with EVO, salt, pepper, and grill for a bit.

  4. You know that this is based on a classic 70’s appetizer called Devil’s on Horseback? Except the classic version involves blue cheese, dates and bacon. Don’t know about the devils, or the horses, though.

  5. I use manchego cheese instead of the parmesan and then put a little good quality chipotle barbecue sauce on the outside (if I’m grilling) just before I remove from grill. It is also nice to roast a jalapeno, cut a thin slive, and put it in with the cheese to add a little bit to the sweetness of the date.

    By the way, I’m a newbie to this site and it is great!

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