Monday, September 28, 2009

Bacon-wrapped Dates

This appetizer was fabulous! I loved the salty and tasty bacon wrapped in a soft date filled with melted blue cheese and a crispy almond. We used Spanish Marcona almonds, which were more circular in shape (than almonds we're used to), but had a slightly stronger almond taste, and Spanish Valdeon blue cheese which have a creamier texture, and the flavor seemed more intensely-flavored than US blue cheese. Rachel and I couldn't have enough of these dates, but we truly enjoyed the cheese we used... our men didn't care for it because of the strong cheese flavor, but agreed they would have loved it if we had used a milder cheese. All in all, a delicious appetizer (and leftovers tasted great the next day). For a healthier alternative, I will try baking the dates in the oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, turning the bacon halfway through.

12 Medjool dates
6 slices bacon, cut in half
Spanish Marcona almonds
Spanish Valdeon blue cheese
Skewers, 6"
6 cups canola or vegetable oil

1. Slice the dates down the middle and pit the seed.
2. Place a small chunk of blue cheese and 1 almond in the middle.
3. Close the date and take a half-strip of bacon.

4. Pulling on the bacon, wrap the date around it, ensuring a tight fit.

5. Place 3 bacon-wrapped dates onto a skewer. Repeat with remaining dates.
6. Preheat a large pot or dutch oven with oil. Once the oil registers at 350 degrees, place your dates into the oil and fry for 1-2 minutes until he bacon is cooked.
7. Serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

What a great site!
THank you for the super photos on how to do this appetizer!
Your great!

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