Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates Stuffed with Almonds

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound Medjool dates, pitted (approximately 30 dates)
30 almonds (not flavored)
15 slices quality bacon, cut in half
30 wooden toothpicks, soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stuff each date with one almond. Wrap a half slice of bacon around the date and secure the bacon with a wooden toothpick, through the date.

Arrange dates, bacon seam down and 1 inch apart in a shallow parchment lined baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until bacon is cooked and caramelized, but not crispy. Serve warm.

YIELD: 30 stuffed dates

SOURCE: Adapted from recipe on Food Network show

Chef Owen “Papa O” Snyder, former owner/chef, Papa O’s Restaurant, Capitola
Telephone: 831.818.3819
Email: owensnyder047@gmail.com

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