Stuffed Dates

Ingredients:

  • 18 (1 by 1/4-inch) pieces cream cheese
  • 18 pitted dates (preferably Medjool)
  • 18 salted and roasted whole almonds
  • 6 slices bacon cut crosswise into thirds
  • Special equipment: 18 wooden picks

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Stuff 1 piece of cheese and 1 almond into each date, then wrap one piece of bacon around each date and secure bacon with a toothpick if desired. Arrange dates, bacon seam down and 1 inch apart in a shallow baking pan.
  3. Bake 5 minutes, then turn dates over with tongs and bake until bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes more. Drain on a paper towel or parchment. Serve immediately.