Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan Dates with Negroamaro

Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan Dates with Negroamaro

Type: Recipe

It's tough not to love these sweet, salty, bacony, cheesy bites, simple to prepare in advance and bake at the last minute. Always a crowd favourite. One warning: it takes huge willpower to wait a few minutes and not burn your tongue on the oven-hot dates. Twice.

Party Theme(s): Big Red From The Med, Fruit Of The Boot

  • YIELD: 9 hors d'oeuvre party servings

  • ACTIVE TIME: 20 mins

    TOTAL TIME: 30 mins

  • WINE PAIRING: Negroamaro

Ingredients

  • 250 g piece PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO CHEESE, cut into 18 slightly-smaller-than-date-sized sticks (about 2.5- by 0.5-cm)
  • 18 pitted DATES (preferably Medjool)
  • 6 BACON SLICES, cut crosswise into thirds
  • Special equipment: 18 wooden picks

Directions

  • 1. Stuff and wrap dates. Stuff 1 piece of cheese into each date, then wrap 1 piece of bacon around each date, securing it with a pick. Arrange dates 1 inch apart in a shallow baking pan [can be made one day ahead to this point; refrigerate and cover dates with plastic wrap].
  • 2. When ready to bake for the party, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 230°C. Spread dates with space between them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake 5 minutes, then turn dates over with tongs and bake until bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes more. Drain on a paper kitchen towel. Serve immediately and warn guests to wait a few minutes so as not to burn their tongues.