bacon wrapped dates at All The Best

For our All The Best 30th anniversary party in the Summerhill store last Saturday we revisited recipes for party snacks that were super popular in the 1980s. What a success! There were devilled eggs, mini pecan-coated chèvre cheese balls, avocado cream crostini topped with grilled shrimp… and they all disappeared in a flash. However the hit of the party (in addition to our super-delicious layered chocolate anniversary cake) were the bacon wrapped stuffed Medjool dates.

Here is Chef Nicole’s recipe…

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Medjool Dates

12 Medjool dates
6 slices back bacon
cheese and nut stuffing (see below)

Slit date lengthwise and remove pits.

Partially cook bacon. Cut each slice in half, drain on paper towel and set aside.

Place about a teaspoon (5 ml) Cheese Nut Stuffing in each date. Bring edges of date together to enclose stuffing and wrap in a piece of bacon. Arrange on a baking sheet.

Just before serving, place prepared baking sheet in a preheated 350° F (180° C) oven until dates are heated through and bacon is crisped, 8-10 minutes. Serve warm.

Cheese Nut Stuffing

2 ozs (50g)  Padano cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 ozs (50 g) toasted almonds, coarsely grated
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh mint, finely slivered
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh flat leaf parsley, finely slivered
  • 1 clove garlic, rasped
½ tsp (2 ml) grated orange zest
Sea salt

In a small bowl, combine ingredients.

Makes 12

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