Chorizo Stuffed Dates

Look no further, there is no better holiday appetizer than this one.   Chorizo stuffed dates are simply amazing.  Decadent, yes…incredible flavor in every bite…yes.  These are a specialty at one our favorite restaurants in Chicago, Avec.   Recipe compliments of the New York Times.  I’m telling you, this dish is an award-winner.   You can easily find the Medjool dates at Whole Foods, or at any specialty food store.  You and your guests will be so happy.

Chorizo Stuffed Dates

These chorizo stuffed dates are over-the-top amazingly good. And the perfect appetizer, especially during the holidays. Thanks to Avec Restaurant in Chicago for the amazing recipe!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: Chorizo, Dates
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 212kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 8 shallots thinly sliced
  • 8 oz roasted piquant pepper with juices (or use any roasted red peppers) about 1 cup
  • 2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes juice not included
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 16 Medjool dates pitted*
  • 8 oz fresh chorizo not cured, casings removed
  • 8 slices bacon we love black pepper dry rub
  • *found at specialty markets such as Whole Foods

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and shallots and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add peppers and tomatoes (not the juice) and cook on low heat for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the liquid in the sauce has mostly evaporated.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Let sauce cool slightly.
  • Transfer sauce to a blender.
  • Add the chicken stock.
  • Process until smooth. The sauce should be thick, but not so thick that it mounds on the plate.
  • Heat oven to 350 F.
  • Stuff dates with the chorizo, using about 1/2 tablespoon of chorizo per date.
  • Cut bacon slices in half, lenghtwise, and wrap a slice around each date.
  • Place the stuffed dates on a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Turn broiler to high and broil for 4 minutes, or until the bacon is dark brown and crisp (keep an eye on this!)
  • Spread sauce on each plate and place 3 dates on top.  Serve warm. 

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal
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