Stuffed Medjool Dates w/ Manchego Cheese & Bacon Wrapped

let me introduce you to my new favourite appetizer.

the trifecta of appetizers.

bacon. cheese. dates.  

how did this come about....

a few weeks back mr. handsome and i went on a double date with some wonderful friends to one of my favourite restaurants in the city,  ox and angela.
while there, we feasted on 'the spanish table' a selection of all of the house favourites.
one of my favourite dishes from the night was the persian dates w/ serrano & manchego cheese.  dates and cheese.  yes please.

i think of only one way to make it better.  wrap it in bacon.  everything is made better with bacon.  #truth

bacon + cheese + dates = best

Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates w/ Manchego Cheese

20 medjool dates
10 slices of bacon, halved
Manchego cheese, cubed

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line baking sheet with tinfoil and set aside.
To prepare dates:  make incision down the side of the date and gently remove pit.  
Stuff each date with a cube of cheese and close tightly.  Wrap date in half a slice of bacon and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 17-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning once throughout.


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