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Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Description

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.

Gluten Free Chorizo Sausage

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 enough to have a wide variety of gluten free sausage from Spolumbos.com 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.

Pitted Dates

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.

Food Safety for Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

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 it was worth the effort.

Ingredients

48 whole, pitted dates
1 raw chorizo sausage (about 5 oz)
16 slices bacon

Directions

1
Choose dates that have held their shape. Pull each whole date open along the line where it was cut and set it on a cutting board. Some will be whole and some will be in 2 pieces.
2
Remove the casing from the sausage. Pinch off tiny pieces of chorizo small enough to fill a date.
3
Working with at least 12 dates at a time, fill each date with chorizo and push the date together. Set aside on a plate. Continue the process until all the dates are filled.
4
Before cutting ALL the bacon strips into thirds check the length by cutting once piece. Make sure it wraps around the date with enough overlap to secure a toothpick. Cut remaining bacon.
5
Set out about 50 toothpicks.
6
Wrap bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick. Makes about 48.
7
Can be prepared a day in advance or frozen.
8
COOKING
9
Turn on broiler. Line a large baking pan with foil and put a baking rack on it. (Parchment tends to burn so I prefer foil.)
10
Place bacon wrapped dates on rack and cook under broiler for 4-5 minutes. Turn when browned and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes. Remove the first ones to brown if needed letting the others finish cooking.
11
Serve hot. If cooked ahead of time reheat in 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

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