Holiday Dates
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 ounces) package cream cheese or goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 pound bacon, good quality

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  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 15 minutes or until bacon is nicely crisp. Serve warm.