My favorite things to make for friends are simple delicious, party-tizers that taste like you were forced to slave over them, when in reality...they take a matter of minutes. These are perfect for any occassion and even those that "think" they aren't a fan of dates will RAVE over them (By the way, I was one of those people at one point). You can make this recipe with or without the chorizo and it's amazing. I just LOVE chorizo and was blown away by Park Cafe in Nashville's Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates (that's a mouthful to say) this summer when I visited with some friends. I have been meaning to make them and just hadn't gotten around to it, not that I have anything else going on in my life right now to keep me busy ::cough cough:: radio tour ::cough cough:: But, I recently went to movie night at a sweet friends house, who also happens to love a little gourmet-inspired cooking and she whipped these up for us and it reminded me that I have yet to get you guys this recipe! Let me know what you think.
50-60 pitted dates
12 oz Bacon (should be 18-20 pieces of bacon) cut into 3 pieces
Spanish Chorizo - removed from casing, cut into rectangles small enough to fit into the dates
Blaze Balsamic Glaze (I find this at Target)
60 wooden toothpicks
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Make a small cut to allow you to stuff the dates with the chorizo. Stuff the dates with the chorizo and press shut. Now take a piece of bacon and wrap around the body of the date and secure with a toothpick. Place the stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until top of bacon starts to crisp, turn the dates over and roast for another 7-8 minutes. Bacon should be cooked through and crisp, especially on the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and serve warm.