Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates

These also came from Brown Eyed Baker's blog. Thanks to this recipe, I discovered something: I don't really like dates. Even wrapped in bacon, they're not my favorite things. However, people who love dates seem to think these are quite tasty.

Go figure. :)

You need:
Bacon, cut into 3 inch pieces (I just cut each piece in half)
Fresh dates (dried is ok if you can't get fresh)
Fontina cheese, cut to fit inside dates

1. Pre-cook bacon in microwave for 1 min. It will not be fully cooked. You're just trying to reduce how long it takes to cook in the over so the filling doesn't over-cook.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the broiler.

3. Slit the dates open, keeping the bottom and as much of the sides as possible in tact. Remove pits and place cheese insde each date. Wrap bacon around the stuffed date, overlapping the ends on the bottom. Place on parchment paper.

4. Broil for approx. 5 min. Watch them closely so they don't burn! When the bacon is done, they are done.

I do think these would be better with a saltier cheese, like Parmesan or Asiago. If you like dates, I'd encourage you to try this out and experiment with different cheeses. If you don't like dates, these probably won't be your favorite things.

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