Chocolate Bacon-Wrapped Dates
When I heard these were on the menu for dessert at a friend's dinner party, I shuddered at the thought. Bacon? Chocolate? Dates? What is going on? Bacon is for breakfast, chocolate is for dessert, and dates are for your great grandpa. Well, I had it all wrong.
After stepping outside my comfort zone, I popped one of the hot gooey blobs in my mouth and a new world of dessert flavors and texture combinations was introduced to me. The salty and sweet mixture combined with the unexpected crunchy and chewy consistency, taking my sweet tooth for a ride, and now this is my go-to impress-my-guests dish. And it's much easier than baking a cake!
There really are few ways to make a brown fruit wrapped in brown meat oozing brown sauce look pretty, so I suggest sacrificing beauty for scrumptiousness and serving it hot, right out of the oven! Your guests will not be disappointed.
- 7 ounces raw, unsalted almonds
- 8 ounces pitted medjool dates
- ½ pound bacon
- 1 jar chocolate sauce or syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (the toaster oven also works well here for smaller batches) and line a baking sheet with foil.
Take an almond and push it through the center of a pitted date. Tear a bacon strip in half and wrap around the date. Repeat for all of the dates.
Place all of the dates on the baking sheet, and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the bacon looks crispy and browned. Once out of the oven, drizzle chocolate sauce over each date. Serve immediately.