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Bacon wrapped dates are served on a white rectangular plate.

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Manchego

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  • Author: Shannon Emery
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 16 1x


These bacon wrapped dates with Manchego are a salty-sweet appetizer with a spicy kick! Perfect for a party or any type of gathering!


  • 8 strips of bacon, cut in half to make 16 shorter pieces
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • 16 Medjool dates
  • about 23 oz. Manchego cheese, cut into 16 small strips so that they can fit inside each date


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Using a small knife, make a small cut in one side of each date and remove the pit.
  3. Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date.
  4. Brush bacon slices with 1/2 tsp chili powder (or less if you like less spice) on 1 side of the bacon. Wrap each date with 1 piece of bacon, with chili powder side against the date.
  5. Secure bacon onto the date by inserting a toothpick through it.
  6. Place dates on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until bacon is browned on bottom, about 6-7 minutes. Turn dates and roast until bacon is cooked, about 7-9 minutes longer.
  7. Transfer to a plate with a paper towel to soak up some of the oils and to allow them to cool slightly.
  8. Transfer to your serving dish and enjoy!


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Medjool dates and Manchego cheese can be found at most grocery stores. The most economic place I have found both of them at is Costco.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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