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Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Retro Favorite - Skewers of Dates Stuffed with Gruyere or Asiago and Wrapped in Bacon are always in style

You just can't improve on perfection and for me this is one appetizer that is always in style to serve. Three of my favorite things, all together, yum!
1 package of pitted dried dates
Gruyere or Asiago cheese cut into small cubes
Bacon, cut into halves or thirds, depending on the size of the dates

Cut a pocket into the dried dates and stuff each with a cube of cheese. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick or on a wooden skewer which has been soaked in water. Place on a rack on a sheet pan lined with foil.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes; turn and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until desired consistency is reached. Turn on broiler for a few minutes to finish crisping the bacon. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Serve with a dipping sauce such as Hickory Smoked Honey Mustard or Cranberry Pepper Jelly, or your favorite.

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