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Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese & Chorizo

Posted by Peggy on November 3, 2012

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese & Chorizo
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese & Chorizo

Ingredients

  • 12 toothpicks, about 3 1/2-inches long*, soaked 15 minutes
  • Parchment paper
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 3-4 ounces cold blue cheese
  • 6 pieces raw bacon (not thick cut), cut in half
  • 1 chorizo sausage link, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
  • Orange zest
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Instructions

  1. Soak toothpicks at least 15 minutes in water to prevent from burning. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice dates lengthwise through the center leaving one end intact; remove pit. Stuff date with blue cheese and close. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date. Press a sausage piece against one side of bacon and skewer the date through the sausage and bacon to secure. Repeat with remaining dates.
  3. Bake on center rack of oven 7 minutes. Remove from oven and turn dates over. Continue cooking an additional 7 to 9 minutes or until bacon is crispy and sausage is cooked. Serve warm garnished with parsley and orange zest.

*You need long toothpicks so the chorizo fits. The smaller picks won’t accommodate the chorizo.

Number of servings (yield): 12 stuffed dates

Active Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: apx. 15 minutes

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