Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon and Dates

You guys…. This whipped goat cheese with bacon and dates is one of my favorite appetizers to bring to a party. It’s warm and cozy and so delicious. It’s super easy to make, which is an added bonus. Be sure to add this recipe to your list of holiday appetizers you plan to make.

Why you’ll love this bacon goat cheese dip

  • This recipe is so easy to make. There are several parts, but each are very simple. This recipe is packed with flavor and the contrast of salty and sweet is simply perfection.
  • The mix of goat cheese and cream cheese makes this a much more mild goat cheese flavor. Even those who might not be a fan of goat cheese will love this.
  • In the words of my husband when asked if he liked it… “It’s bacon and cheese on toast, what’s not to like?!” I’d say that’s a win. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Food processor – I have a small Cuisinart, but you can also use a blender if you don’t have a food processor.
  • Baking sheet – Line this guy with parchment paper when cooking the bacon and dates for easy clean up.
  • Parchment paper – For lining the baking sheet.
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring cups and spoons

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Bacon – I prefer maple bacon and it goes great with this recipe. We don’t use anything fancy. Just Oscar Mayer.
  • Rosemary – I prefer to use fresh rosemary for two reasons; I think the flavor is better and it’s much prettier! But you can totally use dried rosemary. Check your garden! Rosemary is hearty, and lasts for a while!
  • Cream Cheese – Make sure you pull this out and whip it up at room temperature.
  • Goat Cheese – Also make sure you pull this out of the refrigerator before you are ready to make it. It whips up much more easily at room temperature.
  • Coconut Sugar – You can also use brown sugar, but I think coconut sugar works just as well, and it’s much better for you.
  • Honey – I use raw, real honey. But you can choose to use what you would prefer. Spend the money on real honey. It’s so much better!
  • Medjool Dates – Be sure to pit these dates and cut them into pieces.
  • Olive Oil – This will help with making the goat cheese whip nice and fluffy.
  • Cayenne pepper – Just a pinch! Don’t skip this. The tiny bit of heat really pairs itself well with the sweetness of the honey and dates.

How to make this whipped goat cheese with warm candied bacon and dates

Step 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2. Chop bacon and pull apart dates. Toss with coconut sugar, honey, rosemary, and bake 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.

Step 3. To a food processor, add cream cheese, goat cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil, and process until well combined and smooth.

Step 4. To a small bowl, add honey, remaining rosemary and a pinch of cayenne.

Step 5. Place goat cheese in a serving bowl, place bacon and date mixture on top and pour honey mixture over the whole thing. Serve immediately with crackers or crostini.

FAQs about candied dates

What are candied dates?

Candied dates and baked dates tossed in sugar so they resemble a texture that of candy.

What do dates taste like?

Dates are a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit ( 1 ). For this reason, dates are very sweet and also have a subtle caramel-like taste. They make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that they provide.

How do you know if a date is moldy?

If the inside is black or spotted, that means they are moldy and were likely stored improperly, either in transit or at home. If the outside is cracked and flaky and the inside is extremely dry (with stringy fibers), it’s likely that your dates are past their expiration date.

How should you store dates?

Place your dates in an airtight container and store in a cool place. Alternatively, you can use vacuum bags if you have a vacuum sealer. You can store them in your kitchen cupboard but make sure they are out of direct sunlight. Store them away from the stove and oven or any other device that produces heat.

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Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon and Dates

Warm and sweet whipped goat cheese is the perfect holiday appetizer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 200 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 food processor
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • knife and cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 10 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 tsp honey
  • 6 medjool dates
  • Olive Oil
  • cayenne pepper just a pinch

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Chop bacon and pull apart dates. Toss with coconut sugar, honey, rosemary, and bake 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
  • To a food processor, add cream cheese, goat cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil, and process until well combined and smooth.
  • To a small bowl, add honey, remaining rosemary and a pinch of cayenne.
  • Place goat cheese in a serving bowl, place bacon and date mixture on top and pour honey mixture over the whole thing. Serve with crackers or crostini.
Keyword bacon, crostini, dates and bacon, easy appetizers, holiday appetizers, whipped appetizers, whipped goat cheese

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