Bacon wrapped dates were the staring appetizer at our wedding, which means we bought A LOT of bacon, goat cheese, and dates. It also means we have A LOT of leftover dates and goat cheese (because there’s no such thing as leftover bacon). A creative attempt at using up some of the leftovers turned out surprisingly well this week!
Date and Goat Cheese Pizza
- Pizza Crust (I used a box of gluten free crust that somehow appeared during our move. I think it was probably really old because the included yeast packet ended up not being active…but we like thin crust anyway, so it worked out just fine)
- Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
- 5 oz Goat Cheese, crumbled
- 7 Dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 Tbsp butter
- ½ large onion, chopped
- Dark Power Greens from Costco (spinach, kale, and swiss chard mixture)
- Melt butter in skillet, and caramelize onions.
- Prepare crust according to directions on package. As a little experiment, I added rosemary and oregano into our crust while stirring.
- Once crust is ready, spread oil, vinegar and pesto onto crust as sauce. Sprinkle with rosemary, oregano, and any other seasonings you like.
- Top with crumbled goat cheese, caramelized onions, and dates. Finish off with a couple of handfuls of the power greens.
- Bake for a few minutes (to warm cheese) or as directed on crust instructions.
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I was happy to hear that my husband enjoyed this gourmet pizza. I was a little worried it would be too fancy for him (I portioned off a small piece of crust and made a basic cheese pizza for my nephew for the same reason), but he approved!
There are no pictures, because we had a 3 year old and his 5 month old brother in our care for the evening, and…they require a lot of attention. Plus the leftovers were gobbled up too quickly for a photo opp!
The remaining three containers of dates and 30 ounces of goat cheese in the refrigerator lead me to believe that this meal may appear again soon. I think next time I will save some time and get a pre-made crust (I recommend Udi’s if you’re going gluten free)—mostly because we are still lacking crucial things like wax paper and appropriate bakeware. Ah, the life of a newlywed!