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Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon & Dates

Whipped Goat Cheese

creamy whipped goat cheese topped with crispy bacon, sweet dates, caramelized shallots, and fried rosemary…served with toasted bread for dipping

servings: 6 appetizer portions

Ingredients

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  • 6 oz raw bacon slices
  • 12 oz crumbled goat cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp honey, split
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 12 medjool dates, pitted + roughly chopped (about 6 oz chopped)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • toasted bread or crackers, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lay the bacon in one, even layer in a 12” cast-iron skillet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until crisp. 
  2. Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese, greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, olive oil, water, salt, and a few cracks of black pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Spoon the whipped goat cheese out onto a large plate or into a shallow bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Transfer the bacon onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Place the skillet (with all of the bacon drippings) over medium heat. Add the rosemary sprigs. Allow the rosemary to fry on both sides until crisp. Transfer it to the plate of bacon to drain. 
  4. Add the shallots to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes until caramelized and tender. Stir in the dates, apple cider vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons of honey. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for just about a minute until reduced and sticky. 
  5. Spoon the date mixture over the goat cheese. Crumble the bacon and rosemary leaves over top. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and a few more cracks of black pepper. Serve with toasted bread or crackers alongside for dipping.