Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

These are a terrific appetizer for the holidays. Super easy and crowd pleasing! They are a little time consuming, but all the more reason to enlist help while putting together your spread. Enjoy!
1 lb pitted dates
4 oz goat cheese
1 lb of center cut bacon, sliced in half lengthwise
Good Maple Syrup

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Slice dates down one side, and open them up. Stuff with goat cheese. Close the halves of the dates, and wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside. Secure each one with a toothpick. Bake for 20-25 minutes (until bacon is crispy). Arrange dates on a platter and drizzle a little maple syrup on top.

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