Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rosie Makes A Quick Appetizer - Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates.

I like the combination of sweet and savory
and I found the perfect appetizer to showcase those flavors -
bacon-wrapped stuffed dates.

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell.
Of all the Food Network chefs,
I find her to be one of the best.
She fascinates me when she rolls out pasta
singlehandedly, when it takes me an extra pair of hands
plus a foot or two, and I still don't get it right.
It doesn't bother me when she tells me
I need to "burrrrn the crap outta" something;
however, it does bother me when she salts salt.
Mr. Hawthorne and I both think her tongue
must be desensitized to salt because she throws
way too much salt on everything,
but other than that,
girlfriend knows what she's doing.

Slice open the dates and remove the pits.

Fill each date with a little chunk of Manchego cheese
and squeeze dates to seal.

Wrap each date in a small slice of bacon
and secure with toothpicks.

Roast dates in a 400° oven until bacon on top crisps,
5-6 minutes,
then turn over and roast the other side.
Brush both sides with maple syrup
and return to oven until they're crackly and sticky.

Serve deliciously hot.


Tammy said...

Fantastic, Rosie!! This is one party I wouldn't want to miss...what a delicious idea..sweet and smokey- a fabulous combo that cannot be beat.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

I love the sweet and smoky combination, Tammy.
And I recommend using real maple syrup, not the chemicals.