Yes, you read it right. Date.
Date as in the big raisin looking thingy.
I put fresh dates on a grilled cheese. But not just any grilled cheese…..this is Gorgonzola and cream cheese. And BACON.
There’s something about Gorgonzola. You either really love it or you despise it.Wish I could talk my husband into liking those salty, sharp cheeses but he’s way too into Mozzarella to get it. Don’t pay any attention to him. But I love him dearly.
He just needs to learn how to love sharp, salty, crumbly cheeses – he needs to branch out from that creamy Mozzarella that he loves so much. There’s more to cheese life that than.
I have loved sharp cheeses my entire life. One of my favorites is Cracker Barrell Extra Sharp New York Aged Cheddar, but I don’t buy it a whole lot because I’m the only one in the family that will eat it. It’s very, very sharp and crumbles when you cut it. That’s the best.
Anyway…I was doing my daily (well, pretty much) trip to Publix, and they happen to have fresh Medjdool dates BYGO that day so I knew I had to grab a box.
Did I have a plan for these precious little things that were about to expire in a few days?
But what’s the fun of creating new food if you always have a plan? However, letting time slip by you and seeing what you bought is about to expire will light a fire under your ass.
So, I kept thinking about the bacon wrapped gorgonzola stuffed dates that I made a while back, which made me wonder…could I could deconstruct them into a dish?
No, too little ingredients.
With bacon in mind, I couldn’t stop thinking about a sandwich. I just purchased a bag of fresh mini buns a few days ago, so I decided to to make some little baby sandwiches inspired by the stuffed dates. It’s a sweet bite at first from the date slices, but the Gorgonzola hits you with a sharp cheesy bite, then the bacon, and the salty/sweet combination comes together deliciously.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Bacon and Date Grilled Cheese
12 mini sandwich buns – I used Pepperidge Farm wheat mini buns
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 4 oz. package Gorgonzola cheese
1 lb. bacon, cooked
12 dates, pitted and sliced thin
Make the baby sammys. First, combine the cream cheese and Gorgonzola – make sure you mash it well to incorporate the crumbly Gorgonzola with the cream cheese to make a good mix.
Spread the cheese on both sides of the bread slices. Add the bacon, then date slices and top with the other half of the bun.
Add 1/2 stick of butter to a saute pan over medium-high heat until melted.
Grill sandwiches in the pan, carefully turning halfway until golden brown on both sides.
Remove from heat.
I have to say it…..
Get out the Fritos and cottage cheese.
If you don’t know me, that’s my favorite side to any sandwich. Just had to throw that in there.
These were absolutely amazing. The bite of the Gorgonzola that was toned a bit by the cream cheese… the sweetness from the dates and the fantasticness of bacon – it was a perfect combination for a great baby sandwich.
Have a great weekend!!