Saturday, November 29, 2008

The best appetizer ever, and why I'm an idiot

So here it is. The best appetizer ever. I have a cast of characters. I have the in process photos. I have the all ready to go in the oven photo. What I don't have is a photo of the finished product. Idiot. So, you're going to have to make these yourself and see what they look like.

Ready for all the ingredients? Here we go: pitted dates, parmesan cheese, thick-cut bacon.
Yup. That's it.

Pitted dates

Parmesan cheese cut into matchsticks

Thick cut bacon cut into thirds

Here's the instructions: Take a matchstick of cheese and put it inside the date. See how the pitting makes a nice hole just waiting for cheese? Ok, blurry hole.

And here it is all filled

Then you take a piece of bacon, wrap it around the date, and stick a toothpick through it. Strictly speaking, if your bacon is long enough, you don't need the toothpick. Put it on a foil-lined baking sheet. Put it in a 350 degree oven, and bake until the bacon is cooked. Usually that's around 20 minutes.

Now, if I wasn't such an idiot, you'd have a picture here of golden crispy bacon wrapped around a sweet, chewy date with just a hint of parmesan leaking out. These are best served warm. But seriously, even if they were cold I'd eat them.

They take very well to being made ahead of time. The day or two before you need them, but them together and throw them in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Bake them as needed.

I hope that was worth the build up! Enjoy!


AudreyO said...

I'm smiling. I never remember to take photos of the recipes I try. We're down to the last piece or last cookie and say "oh no we forgot the photos again"

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You can never go wrong with bacon! I love dates. These sound delicious!

SiHaN said...

thanks for the great idea. I'm going to have to try this!

Cakelaw said...

Yum! This is a bit like devils on horseback, which contain a prune instead of a date.

Fit Chick said...

These sound so good, I will try them for New Year's Eve! Thank you for the recipe.

Libby said...

Mmm, I love raw bacon. ;)

Carol Peterman said...

Oh, salt and sweet is so good! I think these may just make it on the food spread for my New Year's Day party. Love the idea.

Laurin said...

I can vouch for these! They are amazing! :-)

Mary said...

Yum....I am even intrigued by the picture with the raw bacon...must.make.these.soon :). Thanks for the idea...

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