Bacon-Wrapped Chocolate-Covered Dates

Yes, I usually like to make my sports food healthier. But every now and then, especially when a special occasion like the Super Bowl rolls around, I like to indulge and cook up something special to serve my friends and family while we watch the game or tailgate beforehand!


This year I was challenged to come up with something that could be categorized as “outrageous”—something outside the box. I thought about it for a few minutes and immediately thought of bacon and chocolate…but how? And then I thought about a treat I love that I could take to a new level: bacon wrapped dates. So good, but so ripe for an outrageous twist.

I give you...gorgonzola-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates, dipped in bittersweet chocolate. And just like their name, they are quite a mouthful!

 

Ingredients
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  • 6 strips of bacon (preferably nitrate-free)
  • 1/4 pint of heavy cream
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Gorgonzola cheese (or some variation thereof, depending on how stinky you like your cheese)
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • Toothpicks
Directions

Preheat your oven to 400° F.

Microwave your bacon for two and a half minutes, just so that it gets more crispy when you cook it later on. Let it cool a bit and cut each slice in half, width-wise.

Stuff some cheese into each date and then wrap in bacon, securing with a toothpick so the bacon does not unravel.

 

 

Bake in a sided cookie sheet in oven for 15 minutes. (You may find it easier to clean up if your line your cookie sheet with parchment paper).

While the dates cook, heat heavy cream in a small saucepan over simmer. Add in the chocolate and let melt while continuously stirring. The melting process shouldn’t take super long so you may want to time it to coincide with the last five minutes of the dates’ baking. Make sure to melt away any lumps. You want silky chocolate.

Let the bacon-wrapped dates cool just a bit along with the chocolate. Then dip the dates in the chocolate, being sure to coat entirely and set aside on a plate.

 

 

You can let these cool in the fridge or just adjust to room temperature, depending on how you want to serve these tasty treats! If you make these in advance, store in the fridge and then bring close to room temperature before serving.

 

Makes: 1 Dozen (12 dates)

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