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by Katerina (Katina) Mountanos December 14, 2021 0 Comments

Inspired and originally created by Tieghan Gerad at Half Baked Harvest, our Executive Chef - Anna Gass, re-created this delicious dip using our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and we can attest it is both addictive and a crowd-pleaser.

The flavors come together beautifully to make a creamy, rich, and oh-so merry dip that pairs beautifully with your favorite warm, crusty bread. Crispy bacon and dates are the perfect pair, and the hot honey and garnish of rosemary make every bite slightly sweet with a kick. Festive and delicious - the perfect combo for an appetizer in December. ⁠


Appetizer Serves: 4-6

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, using more or less to taste
  • 12 plump Medjool dates, pitted and torn
  • 1 log (10 ounce) creamy goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and more for drizzling)
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On the baking sheet, toss together the bacon, 1 tablespoon rosemary, the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon honey, and the cayenne. Arrange in an even layer. Tear the dates and scatter them around the bacon. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the bacon is crisping.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The goat cheese mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, but bring to room temp before serving.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup honey, 1 tablespoon rosemary, a pinch of cayenne – to taste, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Spoon the goat cheese into a serving bowl and then top with the warm bacon and dates. Drizzle over a little the rosemary honey. Serve with bread or crackers.
Katerina (Katina) Mountanos
Katerina (Katina) Mountanos

Olive Oil Sommelier, Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean lifestyle and eating for health and longevity.

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