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Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese

Three simple ingredients. One scrumptious bite. You can use other date varieties, but Medjool dates are the largest and easiest to stuff.

Executive Chef Aaron Anderson
Harlow's, San Juan Capistrano

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1 lb. Medjool dates
12 oz. blue cheese
20 thick strips applewood-smoked bacon



Using a paring or steak knife, place a lengthwise cut in each date. Remove pit. Add as much cheese as you can to the center of the date; use gloves if you want to prevent your fingers from picking up the blue cheese odor.

Using a half strip per date, roll bacon tightly around stuffed date and skewer in place with a toothpick. (You'll need 40 toothpicks.) Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Serve while hot. If desired, drizzle with balsamic vinegar for a little zing.

Makes 40


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