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Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

From Peace Meals

Maybe not the prettiest appetizer at your party, but certainly one of the tastiest. Manchego cheese is used here, but goat cheese is a creamier and equally delicious substitute.

Ingredients: 

4 ounces Manchego cheese
30 pitted fresh Medjool dates
10 strips thinly sliced bacon, cut into thirds
Wooden picks

Recipe directions: 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coarsely chop the cheese and stuff into the cavity of each date. Wrap each stuffed date with a bacon strip and secure with a wooden pick. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp, turning once during cooking to ensure even browning. Carefully remove the pick and serve hot or at room temperature. Makes 30 pieces.

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