Bacon, Date & Chorizo Bites

December 12, 2016
Bacon, Date & Chorizo Bites (Photo: Danielle DeSiato)

The combination of smoky, salty, spicy and sweet in this easy 3-ingredient combination can't be beat. Look for fully cooked, spicy chorizo sausage in the package meats section of your grocery store. 

1 pound bacon, cut in half crosswise (I use a pair of kitchen shears to cut the whole stack in half)
12 Medjool dates, halved (be sure to discard pits)
3 links fully cooked chorizo sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean-up). Bake until starting to brown, but don't let it get crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

2. Stack half a date and a slice of chorizo, then wrap them in a half-slize of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with all date halves, chorizo slices, and bacon.

3. Arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet (not the same foil from before or your bacon grease will smoke). Return to the oven and bake until the bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.