Recipe courtesy of Ana Sofia Pelaez

Bacon Wrapped Dates, Three Ways

Chewy dates wrapped in thick slices of uncured bacon are easy to put together assembly-line style to feed a crowd. For variety, stuff them with an array of fillings like crunchy almonds, spicy chorizo, or sharp Manchego to balance out the sweetness. If you're running short on time, they can be quickly pan fried or baked off all at once to candied crisp.
  • Yield: 24 dates
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Ingredients

8 to 10 sliced uncured bacon, sliced lengthwise then cut in half

24 pitted dates (preferably Mejdool)

2 ounces Manchego cheese, cut in 1-inch batons

2 ounces chorizo, casings removed and sliced in 1-inch batons

8 unsalted roasted whole almonds

Directions

Special equipment:
24 colored toothpicks, soaked in water
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a ridged baking sheet with aluminum foil then set aside. 
  2. Working in groups, stuff each date with cheese, chorizo or almonds. Wrap a piece of bacon around the stuffed date, and then secure with toothpick (for easy identification use one color per filling). Place wrapped dates about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet and set in the preheated oven. 
  3. Check after 6 minutes, turning the dates with tongs so that they brown evenly. Bake until the bacon is crisp on all sides, 8 to 10 more minutes. Remove from oven then serve immediately.

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