Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Appetizers | Recipe Serves: 7

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Make an incision on the side of each date and insert a block of Manchego. Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure. Wrap each date with a piece of the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place all dates on a sheet tray lined with silicon mat or parchment paper. Roast the dates in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp. Turn the dates over and continue to cook for 5 to 6 more minutes.

Remove the dates from the oven and brush both sides with maple syrup. Return the dates to the oven until they are crackly and sticky, about 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Ingredients

  • 15 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 pound aged Manchego cheese, cut into 15 blocks
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Sara's Pairing Suggestion

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