Sounds a bit like a twist on rumaki? I first tasted this classic Spanish appetizer at a wonderful restaurant in Los Angeles, called a.o.c., that specializes in tapas. At once sweet, smoky, and salty, the little brown nuggets are a crowd pleaser, the perfect pick-up nibble to offer with cocktails.–Diane Rossen Worthington
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The author also mentioned that you could arrange the dates on top of mixed greens dressed with a basic vinaigrette for “an unusual first course.” Hmmm. We can sorta see it. Though we’d maybe be tempted to swap the Parmesan for a mild blue cheese. We’d also be tempted to toss some Marcona almonds on the salad. Come to think of it, for ease of eating we’d probably disassemble the wrapped, stuffed dates, or just never assemble them in the first place, instead strewing lovely little leaves of watercress with crisped bacon pieces, crumbles of cheese, and slivered dates and dribbling a balsamic or sherry vinaigrette over it all. If you’ll excuse us, it seems we’ve got a first course to go plate…
Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 25 M
- Serves 6 to 8
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My kitchen was filled with the smokiness of the bacon from the apple cure — pretty strong. In fact, if this would be served for a party, you would go home wearing the bacon odor. It was perfect, otherwise, from salty to sweet to the soft center with the Parmesan. I will fix this again, only with the regular bacon.
I was hesitant about using dates in this recipe but was pleasantly surprised. They add a sweetness to the salty Parmesan and the texture is nicely juxtaposed with the crispy bacon. Don’t substitute the more common hickory smoked bacon, which would overwhelm the other flavors. The dates went perfectly with a salad (arugula, beets, goat cheese, Dijon vinaigrette), as suggested.
This was delicious with the Parmesan cheese — I have had variations on this recipe but never this way and I loved it! I did bake mine a bit longer, as the bacon was not as crisp as I like it. Very good and couldn’t be easier!