Recipe: A heart-stopping bacon appetizer for New Year's Eve

Thrill everyone but your cardiologist when you serve bacon wrapped stuffed dates at your New Year's Eve shindig. Photo: Amelia Ames

PROVO, Utah, December 29, 2013 — This is the simplest and most addictive, coronary infarction inducing appetizer you could ever make. Got that in-law you need to bump off? Just feed them a bunch of these little suckers. Just kidding. Don’t do that. 

Do serve these delightful little bites at your New Year’s Eve gathering. You can always resolve to eat healthier next year.


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Ingredients:

Dates

Thick sliced bacon, cut in half (about six-inch lengths)

Spicy Italian bulk sausage (uncooked)


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Brown sugar

Toothpicks

If your dates are of the medjool variety, you may want to skip the brown sugar coating. They contain more than enough natural sweetness.

If you cannot find bulk Italian sausage, buy links and cut open the casings.

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with foil.

Some dates contain the pit at the center. To remove it, make a longwise slit in the side of the date and pull out the pit. Stuff each date with a ball of uncooked sausage. Wrap bacon around each stuffed date and secure with a toothpick. Toss in brown sugar until well coated.

Place stuffed dates on the foil covered ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned, turning the dates over halfway through the cooking time.

Serve (not to your cardiologist) and enjoy.


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Amelia Ames

Amelia Ames is a food writer and reviewer for Communities @Washington Times.  Her column Kitchen Journeys seeks to find the best in food, and those that prepare it for us.  Read more of her recipes, reviews and news at Gastronomy Girl. She received a B.S. in Zoology-Entomology from Brigham Young University.

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