I Want a Date
A few weeks back I happened to be looking through September’s issue of Food and Wine Magazine, as I was searching for inspiration for a fall themed dinner. I came across this great recipe for chorizo-filled dates wrapped in bacon — I had to try it.
I’ve wanted to make this recipe for some time now but have not really had a reason to (like one needs a reason to wrap anything in bacon.) However, a friend of mine invited me to a presidential debate party last Friday and all the guests were required to a bring a bottle or food. I was at a loss on what I could make until I saw this; it was great. Prunes and dates are both drupes (thanks wiki) so I figured it was a perfect tribute, McCain was going to get eaten alive by Obama so it seemed fitting that I make these.
I didn’t follow the recipe exactly as indicated in F&W because this was a gay debate party and all dishes had to be free of fats.
Recipe post jump
-Remove the casing of two low fat Italian turkey sausage and cut into small enough chunks to fill the dates.
-Slice the medjool dates down the middle, but only half way so not to cut in half. Remove the seed and stuff in the sausage.
-Take a slice of the reduced fat turkey bacon and wrap around the date, using a toothpick to secure the bacon in place.
-Sauteed in evoo for about ten to fifteen minutes, until the bacon is a golden brown. To ensure that the sausage is fully cooked I placed it in the oven for ten minutes on 350 degrees, but any longer might dry them out.
This recipe required only two sausages, twenty dates and a packet of bacon.
The flavours were amazing. The juices from the date really infused with the sausage to give a great savoury-sweet taste to it and they are super gooey which gives a great texture. And at 2.5g of fat per piece you can eat as many as you like, but one guest of the party did remind me of something invaluable; “If you wrap anything in bacon it shouldn’t be low fat”.