Friday, February 18, 2011

Dates.. mmm



I like Anne Burrell. CHEF... Anne Burrell. She is fairly new to my list of favorites, but she is waaay up there on the list. I just love her Enthusiasm and high spirit. So sassy and confident, that's sexy to me. Whenever I have a chance to be in front of a tv for her show, I am. On one of those fortunate occasion, she was making Manchego stuffed dates wrapped in bacon slathered with maple syrup. That's a winner right there, no? These were so very yummy. Make sure you buy good ingredients though. There's only 4 ingredients? quality of each really counts here ;) so here's the recipe. from foodnetwork.com



mine took a lot longer than the recipe said... about double. but I would just keep watching every 5 min.

Ingredients
  • 15 Medjool pitted dates
  • 1 pound aged Manchego, cut into 15 blocks
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Make an incision on one side of each date and insert a block of Manchego. Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure. Wrap each date with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Place all the dates on a sheet tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Roast the dates in the oven until the bacon on top is starting to crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the dates over and cook the other side until the bacon crisps.

Remove the dates from the oven and brush both sides with maple syrup. Return the dates to the oven until they are really crackly and sticky, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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