Chorizo Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
 
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Chorizo stuffed dates are the perfect party finger food or indulgent snack. Fresh spicy chorizo, sweet dates and smoky bacon are a delicious bite.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • For The Chorizo
  • 1 Pound Ground Pork
  • 2 Tablespoons Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 8-9 Ounce Jar Piquillo Peppers (in water)
  • 1 14-15 Ounce Can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Large Shallot (minced)
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • For The Stuffed Dates
  • 14 Medjool Dates
  • 7 Strips Thick Cut Bacon
Instructions
  1. For The Chorizo
  2. Spoon the meat into a bowl and add all of the seasonings and vinegar to it.
  3. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients together. You want everything blended evenly throughout the meat.
  4. Cover the bowl and pop it into the refrigerator overnight to allow all the flavors to come together.
  5. For the Sauce
  6. Add the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and shallot to a medium sized saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  7. Occasionally stir the pot (to keep stuff from sticking) and cook until it's thickened a bit and it's not so watery (about 10-12 minutes).
  8. Use a stick blender or pour everything into a blender (make sure you vent it when you turn the blender on) and buzz it until the sauce has no lumps in it. If it's too thick for your liking, add a tablespoon or 2 of water to it. Taste it and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  9. For The Stuffed Dates
  10. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. Use a knife to slice just to the hard pit and pull out the pit (throw the pits away).
  12. Measure out a tablespoon of the chorizo and mold it into/onto the split part of the date. Continue doing that with the rest of the dates (this will use about ½ of the chorizo).
  13. Stack the bacon and slice it in half lengthwise.
  14. Wrap each stuffed date with a strip of the bacon.
  15. The bacon should pretty much stick to itself, but if you really want to be sure, you you can secure the end with a toothpick.
  16. Place all of the stuffed/wrapped dates on a sided baking pan and slide into the oven.
  17. Cook for about 20 minutes (or until the chorizo is cooked).
  18. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the broiler on high.
  19. Once the broiler is hot, slide the pan in (stuffed dates should be 5" from the broiler) and leave them there for about 5 minutes or until the bacon crisps up (keep your eyes on them or they'll burn).
  20. Remove from oven. (Remove any toothpicks.)
  21. Serve stuffed dates either in the sauce or with the sauce in a dish on the side.
Notes
Please note: all the spices and seasonings are ground.
Recipe by My Man's Belly at http://mymansbelly.com/2015/07/21/chorizo-stuffed-dates-wrapped-in-bacon/