Maple-Bacon Dates

Maple-Bacon Dates
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These are a spin on the popular bacon-wrapped dates; I just add a nutty twist to it. If you’re not in the mood to fry, skip the grapes (although I strongly suggest you don’t), but making the peanut-honey-cayenne purée to stuff the dates with is a must.

Ingredients

  • 1/4  Pound  peanuts
  • 2 1/2  Ounces  honey
  • 1  Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 20  Medjool dates, cut in half and seeded
  • 10  strips of par-cooked bacon
  • 20  seedless grapes
  • egg
  • 1  Cup  flour
  • 1  Cup  breadcrumbs
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Directions

Preheat the broiler to high. 

In a small sauté pan, heat the peanuts, honey, and cayenne until caramelized, about, 2 minutes, then cool and purée.

Stuff the purée into each ½ of the dates and place the dates back together. Wrap with 1/2 piece of par-baked smoked bacon and broil until bacon is crisp.

Lightly the beat egg. Run the grapes under water and dredge the seedless grapes in the flour, then dip in egg wash, and then the breadcrumbs. Place into a deep-fryer filled with hot oil and fry until crispy.

Place the grapes on bamboo skewers and then bacon-wrapped dates.  Serve drizzled with maple syrup. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
20g
15%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
22mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
15µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
24mg
8%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
105mg
15%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
103mg
7%
Water
2g
0%

Maple Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Maple Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.