Easy & Delicious

Perfect Holiday Hors d'oeuvre

If you are looking for a delicious appetizer to impress your family for the holidays, then you must try this recipe.  This delicious finger food was the hit of the evening at the recent "Good Eats for Good Causes"  Fundraiser hosted at Top's to benefit The DesOrmeaux Foundation.  When this hors d'oeuvre began circulating amongst the nearly 100 guests, Chef Jacob Hamilton from Good Eats Kitchen received the seal of approval. 


Ingredients for a dozen:

  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 3 tbsp almond slices
  • 4 tbsp blue chese or goat cheese
  • 12 strips of bacon 3" long
  • 1/4 cup Steen's cane vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 12 skewers or toothpicks


  1. 1. Slice dates open like a hot dog bun long ways.
  2. 2. Combine almonds with cheese and crush with hands.
  3. 3. Roll mixture into 12 equal sized balls.
  4. 4. Stuff each date then pinch closed.
  5. 5. Place the cut side in the center of the bacon strip.
  6. 6. Wrap date with bacon and secure closed with skew or toothpick.
  7. 7. Place in pre-heated oven at 400F for 12-15 minutes or until bacon gets crispy.
  8. 8. In saucepan, combine vinegar and honey. Simmer till thickens.
  9. 9. When dates come out of the oven, toss in the honey-vinegar mixture. Serve hot or room temperature.

Special thanks to Chef Boyer Derise, founder of Good Eats Kitchen and Chef Jacob Hamilton for sharing this recipe. 

Guest Blogger: Lisa Viator, DesOrmeaux Foundation Volunteer