Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are always a winning appetizer. They fall into the popular and much loved category of bacon wrapped anything. Pile these little morsels on a plate and they will be devoured with pleasure.
Stuffing dates with a bit of chorizo sausage and then wrapping each one with bacon can’t really be called easy. The process is simple enough but it is tedious. Still some occasions call for appetizers and these are hands down better than any appetizer out of a box. So have a little fun and make them with a friend…over a glass of wine you can make several dozen of these stuffed dates and tuck them in the freezer.
Chorizo is a spicy Spanish sausage that can be purchased fresh or cured. This recipe uses bits of fresh, raw sausage stuffed inside a date. In western Canada we are fortunate to have a wide variety of gluten free sausages from Spolumbo’s, and that includes chorizo. I suspect you can find gluten free chorizo in your area if you look hard enough and I’d say it is definitely worth the effort.
I like the whole pitted dates found in plastic tubs in the baking section. They seem to hold their shape better than the dates sold in resealable bags. Get ready for the holiday season by putting a package of dates in your pantry, just seeing them there might inspire you to follow through and make this recipe.
We all talk about cross contamination with wheat but I think the conversation needs to broaden into food safety. More people understand food safety and the food industry is certainly aware of contamination, disease and illness from raw meat.
For now I will just say be aware of what you touch while you prepare these. Work smart by taking out all the dates and toothpicks you will need. Wash your hands often and when you are finished you might need to start with a clean wine glass to celebrate a job well done.
Let me know in the comments below if you thought this appetizer was worth the effort.
|48 whole, pitted dates|
|1 raw chorizo sausage (about 5 oz)|
|16 slices bacon|
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