Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Dates

Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Dates

Makes 2 dozen

To ease the party rush, make the filling for these dates a few days in advance, keeping in mind that the flavor will get stronger over time. For a vegetarian version omit the bacon and sauté the onions in olive oil instead.

Ingredients: 
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 1/2 ounces Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 24 pitted dates
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Method: 

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to drain on paper towels, reserving 1/2 teaspoon bacon grease in skillet. Add onion and cook over medium heat until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add orange juice and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until liquid is evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer onion to a medium bowl and let cool. Crumble bacon into the onions. Add cheeses and half of the pecans. Stir well to combine. Stuff each date with a heaping teaspoon of the mixture and top with remaining pecans.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 each, 80 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 2g protein

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