Dates Wrapped in Bacon with Marcona Almonds

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

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

Directions

Special equipment:
6-inch bamboo skewers
  1. Heat canola oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot to 475 degrees F.
  2. 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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