Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Last night, we had some friends over for dinner.  I was in the mood to try out some new recipes I found on the Food Network for Spanish Tapas.  While everything turned out pretty good, one menu item really stood out.  Bacon Wrapped Dates!  They were that perfectly balanced combination of sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy.  What more could you ask for!  Sorry there aren't any pictures, we were so drawn to them, that they were in our mouths before we could even think about the camera.  They are VERY easy to make, but some people may not be able to find the ingredients unless you have a Whole Foods, or your grocery store carries specialty items.  The ingredients are simple:
Majool Dates
Toasted Almonds
Spanish Goat Cheese
Bacon 
Wooden Skewers

Cut the date open length-wise and take out the pit.  Replace the pit with a toasted almond, and fill the inside with goat cheese.  Close the date, and tightly wrap the outside with a half a slice of bacon.  Do this for each date.  Place 2 bacon wrapped dates per wooden skewer, and deep fry in a pot of oil heated to 400 degrees, for about 1 minute, or until the bacon is crispy.
Eat and Enjoy!

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