Bacon wrapped dates

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PRESENTATION

Recipe by
Francesca Meucci

The bacon wrapped dates are exquisite finger foods, a symphony of taste featuring plump dates stuffed with cubes of scamorza cheese, embraced by a savory slice of bacon. Baked to perfection, the bacon wraps itself around this delightful duo, turning irresistibly golden and crunchy in just a few minutes. To elevate the experience, each bite is garnished with sesame seeds and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, creating a masterpiece of contrasts. Perfect for serving at your soirées, these bacon wrapped dates are ideal companions for cocktails and drinks — such as the Bellini cocktail or sangria — perhaps for your next party. Brace yourself for the surprising harmony of sweet and savory, crowned by the embrace of melted cheese at the heart of each bite. Get ready to enjoy a taste experience that tantalizes the taste buds and makes a lasting impression!

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INGREDIENTS
Dates 8
Scamorza (provola) cheese 1.5 oz (40 g)
Bacon 8 slices
Sesame seeds 1 tsp
Balsamic vinegar 1 drizzle
Preparation

How to prepare Bacon wrapped dates

To prepare the bacon wrapped dates, begin by cutting the scamorza cheese into pieces that aren't too large, allowing them to be enclosed by the dates. 

Halve the dates lengthwise, ensuring the two halves remain attached by one edge. 

Stuff each date with a piece of cheese and press lightly. 

Wrap each date in a slice of bacon, rolling it up completely. 

Place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and cook in a preheated fan oven at 356°F (180°C) for approximately 8 minutes. 

Once the bacon is golden, remove the dates from the oven and arrange them on a tray. 

Garnish with a few drops of balsamic vinegar and some sesame seeds. 

Serve the bacon wrapped dates immediately.

How to store

If there are any leftovers, store the bacon wrapped dates in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Reheat them briefly in the oven before enjoying.

Advice

If you don't have a fan oven, you can cook the dates for 10 minutes at 392°F (200°C) in static mode or in an air fryer at 356°F (180°C) for 8 minutes.

Substitute scamorza with another melting cheese like Emmental, Gruyere, or Gouda. 

For garnish, use chopped hazelnuts, pistachios, or pecans instead of sesame seeds. 

Replace balsamic vinegar with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey if desired.