Bacon makes everything better, especially when it envelops a sweet, chewy, gooey date.
Looking for a cuisine that is perfect for social gatherings and super easy to throw together? Search no further than Spanish tapas--basically, a bunch of appetizers for dinner.
One great dish that your friends might end up fighting over is bacon-wrapped dates. That's right, rich, sweet dates swathed in salty, crispy, smoky bacon. Even better, you can stuff the dates with anything you like – including the traditional cheese and almonds combo.
Begin with about 24 pitted dates. Medjool dates really work better than the deglet kind--they're bigger and therefore easier to pit, stuff and wrap.
- In a bowl, combine about 3 ounces goat cheese and 1 ounce blue cheese until the mixture is smooth.
- Spoon the creamy goodness into a sandwich bag and snip one of the corners off to make a little makeshift pastry bag.
- Fill each date with your goat and blue cheese mixture, leaving a little bit of room for your nuts.
- Insert a toasted almond into each date and squeeze it shut gently.
- Wrap the dates in half of a strip of bacon and skewer them with toothpicks that have been soaked in water (to prevent them from burning).
- Bake these tasty little babies in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes before letting them cool and serving.
Serve your bacon-wrapped dates alongside these Spanish Fruit and Cheese Stacks
, a Festive Cheese Trio
and Citrus-Marinated Olives with Roasted Peppers
for a Spanish tapas feast – oh, and don't forget the sangria