From Bon Appetit, May 2009
12 Medjool dates
12 1½ x ¼ x ¼ in. pieces Asiago, Manchego, or Pecorino cheese
4 slices apple wood-smoked bacon — each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
Preheat oven to 425°F. Using a small knife, make a small cut in side of each date and remove the pit. Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date. Brush bacon slices generously on 1 side with smoked paprika. Wrap each date with 1 piece of bacon, with paprika side against date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the dates on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until bacon is browned on bottom, about 6 minutes. Turn dates; roast until bacon is cooked, about 6 minutes longer. Transfer to plate; cool slightly. Remove toothpicks.