Devils on Horseback
Blue cheese stuffed-dates wrapped in bacon
18 Medjool dates
¼ pound blue cheese
18 Marcona almonds (optional)
9 strips thin-cut bacon (about 6 ounces), each sliced in half
- Heat oven to 500°F. Use a paring knife to cut a slit into the side of each date and remove the pit. Remove the rind from the blue cheese (if necessary), and in a medium bowl mash blue cheese with a fork to make a lumpy paste.
- Spoon out a heaping teaspoon of blue cheese, and use your palms to roll it around an almond, so that the almond is completely covered. Stuff the cheese-covered almond into a date where the pit used to be. Repeat until all dates are stuffed.
- Wrap each stuffed date with a half-strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking rack over a rimmed sheet pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and bacon is cooked through and crispy.
Recipe from Culture, the word on cheese: Winter ’15