Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan

Judy Sprague

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@Judy

This was recently a big hit at a friends retirement party.


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Serves:

10-12

Method:

Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a simply great appetizer.  You can plan on an empty dish wherever you take it!

Ingredients

12
strips of bacon, cut in half crosswise
24
pitted dates
1/4 lb
Pannigiano-Reggiano cheese, cut into small chunks

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook 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.
2
Make 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)
3
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the dates until the bacon is crisp. (10-12 minutes)
4
Remove from oven, drain the dates on paper towels, and set on platter for serving.

Thin shreds of any Parmesan would make an awesome garnish!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy