Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Appetizer: Grilled dates wrapped in turkey pastrami.

nwafoodie turkey bacon grilled dates appetizers

Yeah, it tastes even better than it looks.

Prepping these medjool date appetizers and grilling them until they are bubbling with fragrant aromas is so quick and easy it is almost a sin.

The hardest part is stopping yourself from devouring them all yourself.

Do you have a party with friends or a family get-together coming up soon? 

Why not make these?

Grilled dates wrapped in {fake} bacon appetizer
Source: nwafoodie (inspired by Table Mesa)
Serves: 10-12 people


3oz Gorgonzola crumbled cheese
4oz cream cheese
20-24 Medjool dates
12 very thin slices of smoked turkey pastrami (or turkey bacon) from the deli counter of your local market

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the Gorgonzola and cream cheese until creamy consistency.  A spoon works nicely.
  2. With a small paring knife, cut slits in the dates from side to side, exposing the pit.  Remove the pit and stem.
  3. Stack the pastrami and cut lengthwise. You will now have 24 strips.
  4. With a butter knife, fill the insides of the date with the cheese mixture and wrap with a piece of pastrami and set aside.
  5. One you have wrapped the dates turn on your grill.  If you do not have a gas grill, be sure to have your BBQ warmed and ready to go when you start.  Otherwise, pour yourself a glass of something nice and chill for a while.  You will want it nice an hot for this appetizer!
  6. Place your grill pan on the grill.  If you do not have a grill pan, use a piece of aluminum foil and poke holes in it.  You should really get a grill pan, by the way.
  7. Using heat-resistant tongs, place each date in your grill pan or on your aluminum foil.  Wait a few minutes and turn them over until the cheeses start running out.
  8. Remove from heat and plate.  Turn off grill and enjoy!

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.



  1. Pinned!
    I might make these with Morning Star fake bacon, as I am a veggie...

    1. Let me know how it works out... I would maybe put some honey on the bacon so it will caramelize a bit. That morning star bacon is pretty dry.

      Thanks for pinning!

  2. ah, a great new twist on Devils on Horseback. I like the Gorgonzola addition and the turkey pastrami is much better idea that turkey bacon.

    1. I've been using turkey pastrami instead of turkey bacon lately. I ask the deli department to slice it reallllllly thin. Only don't buy the Boar's Head brand of turkey pastrami. It is too lean and more of a turkey breast consistency.

      The gorgonzola makes it rockin. Table Mesa inspired me to do that.


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