Crispy Bacon Wrapped Dates with Lemon-Basil Crema

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Crema:
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dates:
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 2 links hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 6 slices bacon (about 4 ounces), cut crosswise in half
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the crema: Whisk together the sour cream, mascarpone, lemon zest, lemon juice, basil and salt. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors marry.

  • For the dates: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Make a small lengthwise slit down the center of each date. Remove the pits and open the dates slightly; make sure they stay intact. Stuff each date with 1 teaspoon of the sausage. Close the dates up and around the sausagethey won't close completelyleaving some of the sausage exposed. Wrap each date in a piece of bacon and place on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 8 minutes. Flip the dates, and bake until the bacon is crisp, another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm, with the crema on the side.


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