Holiday Dates

Holiday Dates//Lance Mellenbruch of The Food Channel

Holiday Dates

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes



This recipe for Holiday Dates makes a great appetizer for your holiday spread or any special gathering. It features dates with water chestnuts, goat cheese, ginger and bacon for a delectable mouthful of flavor.


  • 20-30 Medjool dates (from the fresh produce section)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and dried
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese or goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 pound bacon, good quality


  • 1 Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • 2 Slice dates and remove the center pit.
  • 3 Fill the center with your choice of cheese and a water chestnut.
  • 4 Cut bacon strips in half so you have double the amount.
  • 5 Wrap uncooked bacon around the date and spear with a toothpick.
  • 6 Place on parchment covered baking sheet.
  • 7 Continue until you have filled the baking sheet. You do not have to leave expansion space.
  • 8 Drizzle soy sauce over bacon wrapped dates—just a few drops on each and sprinkle ground ginger over each.
  • 9 Bake for about 15 minutes or until bacon is nicely crisp. Serve warm.



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