Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chorizo
Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates - there are three simple ingredients that go into this tasty morsel of goodness – chorizo, Medjool dates and of course BACON.
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 12
- Total Time: 42 minutes
- Yield: 24 Stuffed Dates 1x
- Category: Spanish Tapas
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Spanish
- 3/4 lb uncooked bulk Spicy Pork Chorizo
- 24 Medjool Dates
- 12 slices of medium-thick center-cut bacon (cut in half crosswise)
- honey (for drizzling)
- Slice the date lengthwise on one side. Remove the pit from the center.
- Stuff the date with a heaping teaspoon of chorizo.
- Gently squeeze the date around the chorizo and wrap a slice of bacon completely around the stuffed date securing it with a toothpick. Repeat with each date.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Place the bacon-wrapped dates in the skillet. You may need to work in batches since there are 24 dates. Cook each side for about 2 minutes until the bacon is crisp on all sides.
- Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and continue cooking for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the skillet and display on a serving platter. Drizzle with honey and serve warm.
- When you are choosing bacon, don't choose the thick slices because it can override the balance of the other ingredients. And don't choose the really thin slices either. You definitely want to be able to taste the bacon. I find that medium thickness works the best.
- Chorizo is a pork sausage that is highly seasoned. Be careful to not choose the Spanish version which is fully cooked or semi-cured. You find this type in the deli area with pepperoni and hard salami. Look for raw and fresh, the Mexican version, in your grocer's meat department.
- Make sure the dates are from the produce section of the grocery store and not the baking aisle. Pick the ones that are not dried out or shriveled. You want the plump and juicy-looking ones.
- Don't forget the drizzle of honey. It complements the sweetness of the date.
- You can place the bacon-wrapped dates in the oven without searing them first. The difference is they will need to cook longer and you'll lose that nice char on the outside.
- These can be made ahead of time and frozen. Make the stuffed dates like normal, but flash-freeze them before they are seared. Lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze until completely frozen for 2-3 hours. Place the stuffed dates in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to one month.
- When you are ready to serve them thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Continue searing and cooking as normal.
- Serving Size: 2 dates
- Calories: 450
- Sugar: 35g
- Sodium: 508mg
- Fat: 23g
- Saturated Fat: 9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 15g
- Cholesterol: 21 mg
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