Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Dates

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1small red onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1cup blue cheese, crumbles
  • 2 1ounces cream cheese (light or fat free are fine)
  • 1cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 24 pitted dates

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to drain on paper towels, reserving 1/2 teaspoon bacon grease in skillet.
  2. Add onion and cook over medium heat until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add orange juice and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until liquid is evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer onion to a medium bowl and let cool.
  4. Crumble bacon into the onions. Add cheeses and half of the pecans. Stir well to combine.
  5. Stuff each date with a heaping teaspoon of the mixture and top with remaining pecans.
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