Kristen Lyons of the McCully House in Jacksonville,Oregon fixed these easy, delicious, healthy appetizers for us.

Chevre and Almond Butter Stuffed Dates

These couldn’t be any easier. They are so simple, but so delicious!

Use 20 dried dates.

With a teaspoon, fill 10 of the dates with the fresh chevre and 10 with almond butter.

Place on trays by themselves or along side the hot bacon wrapped dated.

Garnish with the remaining toasted almonds (you will use 20 for the next recipe).

Toasted Almond Stuffed Dates wrapped in BaconThese are also very simple and can be assembled up to 2 days in advance.

Toast almonds in a 325F oven for 8-10 minutes until you can smell them and the skins begin to crack. Let cool.

Place an almond inside each date. Set aside.

Slice bacon into thirds. Place a date on a small slice of bacon, wrap and secure with toothpick. Repeat until you run out of ingredients.

When ready to serve, place dates on a rack over a cookie sheet. (I often use a cooling rack placed on my cookie sheet. A silicone baking mat or parchment paper helps a lot with clean up.)

Cook at 425F for 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon. You want it to be cooked thoroughly, but not too crispy.

Serve HOT! These hot little dates will fly!

Maralyn’s note: You may want to try Bard Date Company. They grown dates and you can be sure you get fresh ones with their shipments.
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