Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego & Chorizo

IMG_2861Oh look, another recipe for a dish Angela was super intensely craving from a restaurant but couldn’t be bothered to change out of pyjamas to go get! *jazz hands*

Ok, that makes me sound really lazy. I mean, I am… but if food is involved I will probably find a way. I am a foodie after all. We’re fuelled by cravings!

This will often end up with me trying to recreate said dish in my kitchen; the advantage being that I can make more than a fancy restaurant portion and not get judged for eating all of it by myself! Win.

IMG_2858On this occasion my super intense specific cravings were for the bacon wrapped dates I had at the Duck & Waffle stand at Taste of London last year.

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Stuffed with linguiça (smoked, spicy sausage) & manchego cheese… and absolutely delicious! The perfect combination of sweet, savoury, spicy and smoky! All the S’s!

However, I figured they’d be pretty simple to recreate (and for less of the cost!), so decided on just making my own at home! Slightly different, but just as tasty.

And I didn’t even have to leave the house.

Pyjamas are my default setting.

IMG_2798Firstly I pitted my dates by making a cut along one side of the date and pulling out the pit. You could of course buy them pitted to save you the trouble!

IMG_2805I then added my fresh chorizo (the soft, need-to-cook kind – with casing removed), smoked paprika and lime juice to a food processor and pulsed to a chunky paste.

IMG_2813I stuffed each date with a teaspoon of the chorizo paste and 1 small cube of Manchego cheese, before squeezing shut to hold the filling in.

IMG_2831Then I wrapped this with a piece of streaky bacon and secured with a toothpick.

IMG_2838I then baked these at 180°C for 8-10 minutes on each side till the bacon was cooked and crisp.

IMG_2843to make the glaze, I mixed the maple syrup and vinegar together then brushed onto each date, before returning to the oven for a further 2 minutes to go all crackly and sticky!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego & Chorizo
Author: Acorns & Custard
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 20 Medjool dates
  • Manchego, cut into small cubes
  • 75g fresh chorizo, skins removed (the soft kind, not cured)
  • pinch of smoked paprika
  • a squeeze of lime juice
  • 10 rashers streaky smoked bacon
  • 3tbsp maple syrup
  • 3tbsp apple cider/balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. If not pitted, make a cut along one side of the dates to remove the pits.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the chorizo, smoked paprika and lime juice to a chunky paste.
  4. Stuff the dates with a cube of Manchego and 1tsp of the chorizo paste.
  5. Squeeze the date shut, holding the filling in.
  6. Cut the bacon rashers in half to give 20 pieces.
  7. Wrap each stuffed date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  8. Place on a lined baking tray and roast for 8-10 minutes until the bacon is crisp. Turn the dates over and roast for another 8-10 minutes until the other side is crisp.
  9. Remove from the oven.
  10. Mix together the maple syrup and vinegar and brush onto each date.
  11. Return to the oven for another 2 minutes until golden brown and sticky.

 

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