Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ryan M

By
@TheFireHouseChef

Bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese, smoky almonds and fresh rosemary... sounds different but good, eh? An unorthodox appetizer that covers all the five tastes. Complicated, layered, and thought provoking (ok, maybe that's a stretch), it’s a perfect bite for any party. Who knew that a simple blue-collar worker could produce something this elegant and refined? Certainly not me. But the proof is in the bacon.


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Serves:

10

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Ingredients

10 slice
bacon
18 medium
dates, pitted, halved
36 medium
smoky almonds
4 oz
blue cheese
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 Tbsp
cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp
hot paprika
3 sprig(s)
rosemary sprigs

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Tools

Baking Sheet
Wire Rack
2
Tactics

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the bacon on a flat, clean surface. Lightly sprinkle both sides with brown sugar, cayenne pepper and paprika to cover. Slice the bacon into thirds. Place one half date into the center of each slice of bacon then stuff the date with two almonds. Place enough blue cheese on the sides of the date ⅛ tsp. per side (or ¼ tsp. on top of). Then, taking one side of the bacon, gently roll over the date ensuring to keep the cheese inside. Pull tension on the bacon slightly stretching it to ensure a tight roll. Then place the appetizer seam side down on the wire rack ensuring enough space in between them so they can cook properly. You may have to work in batches. Cook for 15 minutes or until the bacon has fully cooked. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Slice the appetizers in half and then stuff two rosemary leaves into them, place on warmed platter and serve immediately. Indulge!

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