Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chorizo

This is a quick, easy appetizer and always a crowd pleaser.  Warning these are hard not to eat!    

Bacon Date

Ingredients:

15 pitted dates (It really does matter with dates – buy good quality.  I like the ones at Whole Foods.)

1 pound Spanish chorizo (The spice really makes this dish!)

5 slices bacon, cut into thirds

1/2 cup maple syrup

Method:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.) Line a sheet tray with silicone baking mat or parchment.

3.) Make an incision on one side of each date and insert a block of chorizo.

4.) Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure.

5.) Wrap each date with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick (toothpick optional).

6.) Place all the dates on the prepared sheet tray.

7.) Roast the dates in the oven until the bacon on top is starting to crisp, 5 to 6 minutes.

8.) Turn the dates over and repeat the process.

9.) Remove the dates from the oven and brush or drizzle both sides with the maple syrup (Syrup is optional, but delicious).

10.) Return the dates to the oven until the dates are really crackly and sticky, 1 to 2 minutes.

11.) Serve hot.

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