Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Bacon-wrapped dates are a Spanish delight.  You can get them at tapas places, but they are amazingly easy to make on your own.  The name really says it all.  There are only three ingredients:
  • bacon
  • dates
  • goat cheese
Just get some thin-cut bacon, pancetta, or guanciale.  I used bacon here. You can cut a normal bacon strip into thirds.  With a knife, slice the dates length-wise and extract the seed.  In the hollow that is left from the seed, stuff in some goat cheese.  Wrap the whole thing once around with bacon until the bacon folds over itself.  Sear the wrapped date on a hot pan on 2-3 sides until the bacon is browned.  Carefully insert a toothpick into the tender part of the bacon to keep it all in one piece.  Serve warm, or at room temperature.


The Gracious Gourmand said...

These appetizers are really good. I have made these before, in fact we made 100s of them for my daughter's wedding a few years ago. I can't wait to try them again!