Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Sweet, smoky, and just a bit spicy, these delectable bites are an elegantly enticing appetizer you'll want enjoy again and again. Fresh dates are available in many specialty markets from late summer to mid-fall, as well as year-round through a number of online retailers. Choose plump, soft dates with a smooth, shiny skin, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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  • Makes: 16 bacon-wrapped dates
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Bake: 25 mins 350°F

Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stuff each date with about 1 rounded teaspoon sausage. Place a piece of chocolate bar (about 1/4 of a square) in the center of the sausage; fold sausage around the chocolate and close the date. Wrap each date in half a piece of bacon. In a very large skillet, sear bacon-wrapped dates over medium heat until crispy, turning as necessary. Set aside.
  2. In a deep baking dish (about 1-inch side walls) pour Spicy Chocolate Sauce about halfway up the sides of the dish. Transfer the seared dates to the baking dish, spacing about 1-inch apart. Bake dates in sauce for 25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached, spooning sauce over dates occasionally. Transfer dates to a serving dish and serve sauce alongside. Garnish with cilantro and chocolate bar shavings, if desired.
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Nutrition Facts (Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates)

  • Per serving:
  • 145 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 11 mg chol.,
  • 160 mg sodium,
  • 20 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 18 g sugar,
  • 4 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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