Special thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jac o' lyn Murphy for helping us test this recipe.
- 3/4 Pounds dates, pitted
- 1/2 Pound bacon
- 1/3 Cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 Cup crème fraîche
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Trim the tops of each date where the pit has been removed so that the top comes to at point (to resemble a triangle). Add the ricotta to a plastic bag and snip the end to make a pastry bag. Stuff each date with ricotta, then wrap a 1/2 slice of bacon around each. Secure with a toothpick. Roast the dates on their sides in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool. Add the crème fraîche to another plastic big with a trimmed corner. On a serving platter, pipe 25 small circles of crème fraîche (about the size of the fat end of each bacon-wrapped date). Place the bacon wrapped dates, pointed side up, on top of each circle. Pipe a small circle on the top of each date, so that they resemble Santa hats.