Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Manchego

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 12 pitted Medjool dates
  • 8 ounces aged Manchego cheese, cut into 12 rectangular logs
  • 3 links fresh chorizo, casing removed
  • 6 slices bacon, halved
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Directions
  • Special equipment: 12 toothpicks

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Make an incision lengthwise in each date, open and flatten. Insert a piece of cheese in the center of each date. Break each chorizo link into quarters. Form each piece of chorizo into a log and squish it inside the date onto the cheese. Close the date around the filling and squeeze to secure. Wrap each date with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Repeat for the remaining dates, cheese, chorizo and bacon. Place the dates on a baking sheet and roast until the bacon starts to crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Turn the dates over and roast for another 7 to 8 minutes.

  • In a small bowl combine the syrup and vinegar.

  • Remove the dates from the oven and brush both sides with the maple syrup mixture. Return the dates to the oven until they are really crackly and sticky, 1 to 2 minutes. Rest the stuffed dates for 1 minute. Remove the toothpicks and serve.


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