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Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates – Recipe!

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Wrapping fruits and vegetables in bacon has been a technique for 50 years or more.  Remember Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – better known as Rumaki?  These tangy little treats were served at many parties when I was a kid and if they don’t say, “1970’s” I don’t know what does!

For a nice twist, chewy dates are a refreshing change to an old school favorite and stuffing a Marcona  Almond inside offers a nutty surprise inside the naturally sweet fruit.    These Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a nice appetizer to serve with cocktails on the weekend, or as a spectacular small-plate for a Spanish Tapas dinner party.

So, if you are looking for a fun throw-back appetizer that is super easy to prepare – these dates are just the thing.  Yum!

Ingredients

10 Medjool dates, or other variety

10 Marcona almonds or blanched almonds

5 slices bacon

10 toothpicks or small skewers

(Makes 10 Dates)

To Prepare:

1. Preheat the oven to broil and place the rack 10-inches from heating element.  With a sharp knife, make a slit on top of one side of date and remove seed.  Stuff date with 2 almonds.

2.  Slice each piece of bacon in half and wrap around date.  Place seam side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Cook under broiler for 3-4 minutes, gently flip each date over and cook other side for 2 minutes, or until bacon is golden brown.  Don’t worry if the date ends get a little dark, they are crunchy and delicious that way!

3.  Place Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates on a serving dish and insert skewers.  Serve immediately, enjoy!

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