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Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Dates

Makes 2 dozen
Time 20 min
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 cook 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
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 the 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 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.

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  • 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