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Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Balsamic Glaze

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Balsamic Glaze
Yields 36
This is one of my favorite little hors d’oeuvres. It is quick, easy to make and very popular. Be sure you prepare lots of them! The combination of sweet, spicy, salty and smoky makes this dish a great match for Paradise Ridge Sparkling Zinfandel.
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Zinfandel-Balsamic Glaze
  1. 1 Tablespoon butter
  2. 1/4 cup shallots, finely diced
  3. 1 Tablespoon golden brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup Zinfandel
  5. 2 quarts balsamic vinegar
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Balsamic Glaze
  1. 18 each Medjool Dates, pits removed
  2. 12 slices, best quality bacon you can find
  3. 36 each, whole almonds, lightly toasted, skin on, shell off
  4. 36 each fancy bamboo toothpicks
  5. 2 Tablespoons Zinfandel-Balsamic glaze from glaze recipe
Zinfandel-Balsamic Glaze
  1. Saute the shallots in butter.
  2. Add the brown sugar and wine and reduce to half.
  3. Strain to remove the shallots.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar, bring to a boil and turn your exhaust fan on.
  5. As it starts to thicken, lower the heat and slowly reduce to 1 cup.
  6. The resulting liquid will be thick, shiny and smooth.
  7. Use chilled or at room temperature. (This sauce will last for weeks)
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Balsamic Glaze
  1. Place a medium-sized sauce pot over high heat with 1 1/2 quarts of water.
  2. When the water boils, lower to a simmer and add the bacon slices one at a time so they do not stick together.
  3. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, remove and lay out on a paper towel.
  4. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and roast the chorizo for 10-15 minutes. This renders some of the fat.
  5. Remove, let cool, remove the skins and cut into rectangles just large enough to tightly replace the pit in the dates.
  6. Cut each date in half, remove the pit and then mold them around the almonds.
  7. Lay out the bacon slices side by side on a cutting board.
  8. Roll a bacon slice tightly around the first date so that it is two layers thick. This should use 1/3 - 1/2 of the slice.
  9. Cut the bacon at that point and place a toothpick through the bacon and date to hold it together.
  10. Using this technique, you should be able to roll 2 or 3 dates from each slice of bacon. Continue until all the dates are rolled. You can do this the day before.
  11. To serve, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Place the bacon-rolled dates on a baking sheet and roast for approximately 15 minutes, until the bacon is crisp on the outside.
  13. Drizzle very lightly with balsamic glaze and watch them disappear!
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