Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan
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- strips of bacon, cut in half crosswise
- pitted dates
- 1/4 lb
- Pannigiano-Reggiano cheese, cut into small chunks
1Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until it has rendered some fat and begins to turn transulcent; don't let it brown at all. Remove from the pan and drain thoroughly on paper towels.
2Make a slit in each date and stuff with a small piece of cheese. Wrap the date in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick, if needed. Place the wrapped dates in a baking dish. (At this point you can cover and refrigerate for up to 36 hours or freeze for 1 month, defrost before proceeding)
3Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the dates until the bacon is crisp. (10-12 minutes)
4Remove from oven, drain the dates on paper towels, and set on platter for serving.
Thin shreds of any Parmesan would make an awesome garnish!