Dates Wrapped in Bacon with Marcona Almonds
- 1/2 pound large Medjool dates, carefully pitted
- 1/2 cup Marcona almonds (substitution: blanched almonds)
- 1/2 pound Valdeon cheese (substitution: Maytag or Stilton)
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, each slice cut in 1/2 (roughly 4-inch lengths)
- 6 cups canola oil
- Special equipment: 6- inch bamboo skewers
Heat canola oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot to 475 degrees F.
Split each date in half and stuff with 1 almond and 1/2 teaspoon of Valdeon cheese, and close carefully. Lay a strip of bacon on a cutting board, place a stuffed date at the bottom of the bacon, and wrap with the bacon, making sure to pull the bacon tightly towards you while rolling. Add 3 dates onto each skewer. Carefully submerge the skewers one by one in the oil and fry until golden, about 1 minute. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
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