Goat Cheese, Date, And Bacon Appetizers

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This Goat Cheese, Date, And Bacon Appetizers recipe is one of my favorites for entertaining.  Goat cheese, dates, bacon and green onions are combined and wrapped into phyllo dough. Serve with a dry Sparkling wine or Sauvignon Blanc.

These are so good you can serve them with a nice salad and a glass of wine and you have a nice, light summer meal.  Don't be intimidated by the phyllo dough.  It seems very fragile but its incredibly forgiving. It's actually really fun to work with.

Recipe By: Gourmet Magazine, December, 1993
  • Prep30 min |
  • Total50 min |
  • ServesN/A



Preheat the oven to 400°F.

On a work surface arrange a 20-inch-long sheet of wax paper with a long side facing you. Put 1 sheet of the phyllo on the wax paper, brush it with some of the butter, and sprinkle it with about 2 teaspoons of the sesame seeds. On this, layer, brush, and sprinkle 1 more sheet of the phyllo in the same manner and lay a third sheet of phyllo on top.

Spread 1/2 cup of the goat cheese along the pastry in a 1-inch strip about 2 inches above the near long side, leaving a 2-inch border at each end.

Arrange half the date pieces on the cheese and sprinkle them with half the bacon, half the scallion, and 2 teaspoons of the remaining sesame seeds. Using the wax paper as a guide, lift the bottom 2 inches of the pastry over the filling, fold in the ends, and roll up the strudel tightly.

Transfer the strudel carefully, seam side down, to a lightly buttered baking sheet and brush it with some of the remaining butter. Make another strudel with the remaining ingredients in the same manner.

Bake the 2 strudels in the lower third of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden, and let them cool to warm on the baking sheet on a rack.

The strudels may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered loosely and chilled.

Reheat the strudels in a preheated 357°F. oven for 10 minutes. Serve the strudels warm, cut into 1-inch pieces with a serrated knife.

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