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Sponsored: Bacon, goat’s cheese and thyme-stuffed California medjool dates


Makes: 10
Serves: 10
timePrep time: 10 mins
timeTotal time:
Sponsored: Bacon, goat’s cheese and thyme-stuffed California medjool dates

Sponsored: Bacon, goat’s cheese and thyme-stuffed California medjool dates

Tangy goat’s cheese, salty bacon and sweet dates are a tried and tested combination. It’s hard to resist these bite-size treats.

Makes: 10
Serves: 10
timePrep time: 10 mins
timeTotal time:

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Ingredients

  • 100g mild soft goat’s cheese
  • grated zest of ½ lemon
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 10 California medjool dates
  • 10 small, soft sprigs of lemon thyme (or regular thyme)
  • 5 rashers smoked streaky bacon, halved

Step by step

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Put the goat’s cheese, lemon zest, chilli flakes and a good grind of salt and pepper in a bowl and beat together.
  3. Split open the dates, taking care not to cut through them completely, and remove the stones. Stuff each with a spoonful of the goat’s cheese mixture and top each stuffed date with a sprig of thyme.
  4. Stretch out the halved bacon rashers a little, then wrap them around the stuffed dates so the ends meet at the non-cut side of the date.
  5. Arrange the wrapped dates, seam-side down, on the lined baking tray and roast for 20 minutes until the bacon is golden and turning a little crisp. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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