Anne Burrell’s Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Chorizo and Manchego

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, June 25, 2015

Aired June 25, 2015

Serves 12 pieces

12 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 pound Manchego, cut into 12 rectangle logs
3 links fresh chorizo, casings removed
6 slices of bacon, cut in half
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Make an incision lengthwise in each date, open it up, and flatten.

Place a piece of Manchego in the center of each date.

Break each chorizo link into quarters. Form each piece of chorizo into a log that is the length of the date and squish it onto the Manchego. Close the date around the filling and squeeze to secure. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Place all the dates on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven, and roast for 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is starting to crisp up. Turn over the dates and roast the dates for another 7-8 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the syrup and vinegar.

Remove the dates from the oven and brush them with the syrup-vinegar mixture. Return the dates to the oven and bake another 1-2 minutes or until they are crackly and sticky.  Remove from the oven and let rest for a minute, remove the toothpicks, and serve.