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Bacon-Wrapped Chestnut-Stuffed Dates

December 2006
Bacon-Wrapped Chestnut-Stuffed Dates

by 4 people

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This meaty starter is perfect for guests who like to combine sweet with salty.

Makes: 12 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 24 large dried dates, such as Medjool, pitted
  • 12 jarred roasted chestnuts, halved
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 12 slices bacon, halved crosswise
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Stuff each date with a chestnut half and place on the baking sheet.
  2. Snip off the corner of a plastic sandwich bag, creating a 1/4-inch opening; fill with the ricotta cheese. Pipe it into each date until just full.
  3. Lay the bacon slices on a work surface. Place a prepared date on each slice, roll up the bacon to wrap the date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the wrapped dates, stuffed sides up, on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake until the bacon is golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool slightly before serving.