Bacon Wrapped Dates + Olives

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Serve these tasty little bites at your next party.  (Like maybe a new years eve party)  They will be a big hit.  Everything is better when it's wrapped in bacon, isn't it?

The dates are stuffed with almonds.  Add bleu cheese and you have devils on horseback.  

Bacon Wrapped Dates + Olives

12oz package of bacon (should be about 12 strips)

8 oz dried medjool dates (about 13 dates)

13 almonds (as many almonds as dates)

2 oz blue cheese (optional)

12 large green olives, pitted

Heat oven to 350.  Slice bacon strips lengthwise and set aside.  Slice each date lengthwise, remove pit and stuff with almond and the optional bleu cheese.  Wrap each stuffed date with bacon and secure with toothpick.  Wrap each olive and secure with toothpick.  

Place everything on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in oven about 30 minutes.  Flipping once for even cooking.