|[photo from brown eyed baker]|
-pitted dates [2-3 per person is a conservative estimate--they'll go fast]
-softened cream cheese
-bacon [typically 3 dates can be wrapped from 1 slice]
-grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix softened cream cheese with grated parm. I use about a 5:1 ratio of cream cheese to parm, but you can adjust to taste.
Slice dates on one side so they are butterflied. Stuff with cheese mixture.
Cut bacon strips each into 3 sections. Wrap stuffed date with bacon section. Secure with toothpick.
Bake on a broiling pan (line the bottom section with foil for easy clean-up) for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked + crispy. Enjoy!
Make-ahead tip: you can stuff & wrap the dates and refrigerate one day prior. Then, just pop in the oven for a quick party treat!
I originally followed this recipe from Williams-Sonoma, and have eyeballed it ever since. If you're looking for more precise measurements, you may want to reference the original. [I'm more of an experimental chef, as you'll soon find out.]