Bacon-wrapped Dates

From Martha


24 large dates, pitted
12 slices bacon, halved crosswise
1/3 cup crumbled Stilton cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place 24 toothpicks in a small bowl filled with water, let soak 15 minutes.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and fit it with a wire rack; set aside.

2.  Halve dates lengthwise being careful not to cut all the way through.  Place a small amount of cheese in the center of each date.  Wrap a piece of bacon around each date.  Secure bacon with a toothpick.

3.  Place dates on prepared baking sheet.  Bake until bacon is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.