Stuffed Dates

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Recently, my husband and one of my daughters spent a lovely evening dining at Snake River Grill.  For an appetizer, we ordered the chorizo-stuffed dates.  They were heavenly!  Sweet, yet savory and moist.  This is my attempt to recreate that dish.

Stuffed Dates

Ingredients

  • You will need:
  • Large Medjool dates
  • Andouille sausage
  • 2 Tbsp of chili oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange Liqueur
  • 1 package of center cut bacon, very thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. of Waldburg fig-chili vinegar (available at Vom Fass)

Instructions

  • Gently cut the dates in half, and remove the pits. (Do not try to use pre-packaged dates. You need the ones that you buy by the pound in the produce department.).
  • Remove the skins from the andouille, and sauté them in the chili oil until browned.
  • Grind the andouille in a food processor.
  • Remove ground andouille to a separate bowl, and add the orange liqueur.
  • Stuff each date with the andouille mix, and then wrap them in 1/2 to 3/4 of a strip of the bacon.
  • Use a toothpick to keep the bacon wrapped on the dates.
  • Sauté in a medium hot pan. You can remove the toothpick about half way through the cooking process when it appears that the bacon has shriveled enough that it holds it's position.
  • Sauté on each side, and serve with a drizzle of fig-chili vinegar.
  • Enjoy!
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Never one to shy away from trying something new, Kim Weiss shares her love of cooking and her taste for experimentation with us each week in The Creative Kitchen. Weiss was born into a family of cooks. Her father was a gourmet. Her aunts could collectively cook circles around anyone, and her grandmother, she claims, “was the best southern cook God put on the face of this earth.” Weiss began cooking for her family and friends at age 10 and hasn’t stopped. While formally schooled as a lawyer and not as a chef, she applies the same kind of creativity to cooking that she once put into crafting a legal argument. Weiss is also the owner of Vom Fass, a store selling gourmet culinary condiments, fruit vinegars, exquisite oils, selected wines and spirits.

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