Always nice to have things at your tailgate the people can easily walk by and pick up with their hands to eat and enjoy.  This appetizer happens to be one of my favorites, and since it’s a brunch I decided it was appropriate to serve it since there IS after all BACON in the dish!

1 lb thick cut bacon (room temp)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the dates lengthwise ~ 3/4 of the way down. In a small bowl, press the cream into the blue cheese with a fork.

Press a small scoop of the blue cheese into the center of the dates, and close them back up as best you can.

Cut each piece of bacon in half lengthwise. Wrap each halved bacon strip around a date. Secure with a toothpick. Place the bacon-wrapped dates on a baking sheet.

Bake until the bacon is crisp, ~ 17 to 25 minutes. (Mine took every bit of 25 minutes to get the bacon crisp.)


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