Gift Wrapped in Bacon

Devils On Horseback

By: Allen Susser

Serves 12 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 12       large Medjool dates
  • ¼         cup mango chutney
  • ¼         cup Manchego cheese, grated
  • 6          strips apple wood smoked bacon

THE DATES: Using a paring knife cut the date in half-length wise to the pit. Remove the pit and open the date. Do not cut through.

THE STUFFING: In a small bowl combine the chutney and cheese with a small fork, mashing it together lightly. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into the center of each date. Close the date around the filling.

THE BACON: Lay out the bacon strips and cut each in half. Wrap the half strip of bacon tightly around the center of each date. Place the dates on a baking sheet, evenly spaced. Bake for 8-10 minutes until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and place a bamboo toothpick through each. Serve on a small colorful plate.