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Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Manchego

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By Anne Burrell

Makes: 12 pieces
Times: About 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ pound Manchego, cut into 12 rectangle logs
  • 3 links fresh chorizo, casings removed
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Make an incision lengthwise in each date, open it up, and flatten.
  3. Place a piece of Manchego in the center of each date.
  4. Break each chorizo link into quarters. Form each piece of chorizo into a log that is the length of the date and squish it onto the Manchego. Close the date around the filling and squeeze to secure. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place all the dates on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven, and roast for 7 to 8 minutes or until the bacon is starting to crisp up. Turn over the dates and roast the dates for another 7 to 8 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl combine the syrup and vinegar.
  7. Remove the dates from the oven and brush them with the syrup-vinegar mixture. Return the dates to the oven and bake another 1 to 2 minutes or until they are crackly and sticky. Remove from the oven and let rest for a minute, remove the toothpicks, and serve.
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