Secret Recipe Club: Bacon, Date and Goat Cheese Filo Rolls

by Kelly on May 21, 2012

For my third month in Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog Teenage Taste.  I’d stumbled upon her blog a few times before when Googling for recipes so I was thrilled to be able to spend more time with it, exploring her various eats.  Overall, I find her blog very inspiring and it makes me wish that I’d dabbled in cooking at a younger age.  While everything on the blog looked mouthwatering I knew what I was making as soon as I stumbled upon her Bacon, Date and Goat Cheese Galette.  I’m sure if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time this doesn’t surprise you either since I have an insatiable love for both goat cheese and bacon and when you pair them together, I’m in love.

Her original recipe called for making a gorgeous homemade crust and spreading it with a creamy mixture of cream cheese, goat cheese, honey and olive oil then topping it generously with chopped dates before baking.  After a trip to the oven she sprinkled crumbled cook bacon and scallions over the top as well as more honey for good measure.  This all sounded fantastic and originally I set out to make it as planned, but when I got to the grocery store I saw a sale on filo dough and thought that could make a fun alternate dough.  Then before I knew it, I found myself intrigued by the idea of a bite-size version of her recipe, so I dolloped tablespoonfuls of the filling onto the center of the filo and rolled it up cigar style.  I will admit it makes for a loose interpretation of a galette, but you still get all the fantastic components – crunchy crust, molten cheese, sweet dates and of course, crunchy, savory bacon.

Lately I’ve been loving dates in savory dishes (like my Duck and Date Meatballs) so I knew before digging in that this was going to be a recipe I would enjoy, and I was right.  The dates softened beautifully in the oven, practically melting into the goat cheese.  The flavors were a perfect mix of sweet and savory with a slight tang from the goat cheese.  And the filo was fantastic for providing that textural contrast.  Thanks Teenage Taste for being my inspiration.  I hope you’ll enjoy my take on the recipe and consider checking out all the other fantastic dishes that were made for this month’s club.

Bacon, Date and Goat Cheese Filo Rolls
Adapted from Teenage Taste
Makes 10 rolls


-4 ounces fresh goat cheese (chevre), at room temperature
-2 ounces light cream cheese
-2 teaspoons honey, plus additional for drizzling
-2 teaspoons olive oil
-3 strips bacon, crumbled
-4 dates, pit removed and roughly chopped
-10 sheets filo dough
-Cooking spray


Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F.

Add goat cheese, cream cheese, honey and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Using a stand mixer with the whip attachment, beat the mixture on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth, creamy and light. Fold in the chopped dates and bacon.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo with the short side facing you on a work surface. (Cover remaining phyllo with plastic wrap to keep from drying out.) Spray the phyllo sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Then fold it in half lengthwise and spray again. Place 1 heaping tablespoon filling in the center of the bottom end of the phyllo. Fold in the sides, then roll up from the bottom to completely enclose the filling (it should look like an egg roll). Place the roll, seam side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets, nonstick cooking spray, and filling to make a total of 16 rolls.

Spray the rolls generously with nonstick cooking spray and bake until the rolls until lightly golden, about 20 minutes.

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Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking May 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Kelly, these look SO good! I had Erika’s blog last month and loved getting to know her.
So happy to have had you this month! It was wonderful and difficult going through all of your recipes deciding which one to pick. The ice cream was a definite hit! Thanks for posting it!


Mindy May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I love the change you made–I can feel the crunchiness of the filo in my mouth! Yum!


cindy May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

What a fun flavor combo! I’m in love with dates, I use them often. Welcome aboard the SRC, you will meet awesome cooks/bakers/bloggers!


misschels May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Looks like this will be the app at my next party!


veronica gantley May 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What a wonderful combination! I will bet the filo made it crunchy and yummy!


Alex @ Ma What's For Dinner May 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I don’t even know what to say. I want to sit down and eat a whole tray full of these little babies! I can’t wait to try them. Love being a part of the SRC and meeting all you fabulous foodie bloggers.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner


Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

I love her blog too! What a fun version of the recipe. I love the flavors here, I’ll have to make some sort of version of my own!


Erika - The Teenage Taste May 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

SO glad to hear that you enjoyed my recipe, Kelly! I love that you changed it up and used filo dough instead of the galette crust – I might have to give it a try! Nice being in the SRC with you! 🙂


Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice May 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

I find it nearly impossible to pass up a bite of goat’s cheese, especially when paired with dates! This is a combination we use a lot in our Middle Eastern house. I especially love how you used Filo here. Looks perfect.


Erin May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Wow! What a great spin on the original dish. I too am in love with anything goat cheese. 😀 Awesome choice for SRC. Can’t wait to try out the recipe.


Sues May 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

What an awesome flavor combination! Goat cheese and bacon IS perfection and the addition of dates must take it to a whole new level. I’m hungry… 🙂


sophia May 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

One of the best things I’ve eaten is this bacon-wrapped date with gorgonzola cheese inside. I think this filo roll sounds AMAZING, because now you add in carbs! And goat cheese, one of my favorite cheeses!


Kerstin May 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm

What a great idea to twist the recipe a bit and make little apps! These would be a huge hit at a party! 🙂


Susan May 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I have never tried goat cheese or dates. This will be a first for me. It really does sound wonderful. This is going to be a first for my whole family. I can not wait to see what they think of the new recipe.


Eliot June 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Bacon wrapped dates are a favorite so I am sure we will love this. How genius to wrap it all up in phyllo!


Shannon June 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

these look amazing! love the date-goat cheese combo, so this is certainly an appetizer i’d be all over 🙂


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