we had two dinner parties to go to this past weekend – one at the house of fellow food blogger The Nashville Nosher, + one with honey’s family. i had been eyeing these appetizers for a while, + decided to try them for the first party. they turned out delicious, with a wonderful combination of flavors, but i didn’t love that the bacon cooked somewhat unevenly, done more on the bottom than the sides + top.
for the next night’s party, i decided to make these again, this time with a few changes. first, because i love my bacon pretty well-done, i pre-cooked the bacon for about 10 minutes on low heat prior to wrapping it around the dates. then, while they were baking, i rotated them a few times to ensure the bacon browned evenly. the results? even more delicious than the night before + amazingly popular. if you’re looking for a flavorful, interesting + unexpected appetizer, this one’s for you!
bacon-wrapped mango chutney + manchego stuffed dates
makes 6 servings, adapted from i love bacon
12 large medjool dates
1 cup mango chutney
1 cup (4 ounces) grated manchego cheese
6 slices applewood-smoked bacon
preheat oven to 350 degrees. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
use a paring knife to cut each date in half lengthwise just to the pit. remove the pit + open the date, but do not cut all the way through it.
in a small bowl, combine the chutney + 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.
cut each of the bacon slices in half. wrap a half piece of bacon tightly around the center of each date. place the dates on the baking sheet. bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until the bacon is crispy. drain on paper towels.print this recipe