One of our favorite spots in Poznan is Kriek Belgian Pub and Cafe. On a recent visit, we wanted a little something to nibble on with our beers. We ordered a plate of the bacon wrapped goodies we’d seen on another table. Imagine our surprise to find out they were prunes – half of them were stuffed with cheese. They were surprisingly delicious!!! The combination of flavors and textures is amazing – sweet/salty, chewy/crisp. Yummy juxtaposition! They were easy to make at home and let’s face it, your guests will be impressed by anything wrapped in bacon.
Note: let me offer a variation inspired by a bag of prunes and the peanut butter jar sitting next to each other on the counter. Rather than stuffing the prunes with cheese, just use your finger to open up the hole left in the pitting process, wrap with bacon, and continue as below. When the bacon wrapped prunes have cooled to room temperature, pipe a little dab of peanut butter into the opening.
12 prunes, pitted
2 – 3 ounces cheese, of your choice
6 slices bacon, cut in half
oil for frying
- Fill the cavities left by the pits with cheese (I used small cubes of marinated goat cheese)
- Wrap 1/2 bacon slice around each prune, secure with toothpicks
- Heat oil over medium-high heat and cook wrapped prunes until bacon is cooked and crisp
- As an alternative to frying, try baking at 350 until bacon is crisp
Yields – 12 appetizers
Note: You can also bake the bacon at 350 on parchment until it begins to brown, wrap the prunes, and return to the oven until the bacon is crisp.
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.
evil cake lady
I’ve had bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed medjool dates before, but never prunes! From how you described the flavors it sounds very similar. Never a bad idea to have these around.
ECL – and with dates, you can avoid all of the prune jokes!
Being one of the few people in the world who actually likes the taste of prunes, and who doesn’t love the taste of bacon; I’ve got to make these. They really sound good.
oops, that sounds like I don’t like bacon. What I meant to say is, everyone loves the taste of bacon.
evil cake lady
true, but with prunes you get the bonus of a healthy colon 🙂
Channeling my inner Homer Simpson… Mmmmmmmm Bacon! Man, does that sound both weird and wonderful, Lois! I may have to try it (don’t faint now…).
Melinda – if my food blog has you cooking, my work here is done! 😉