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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

32 pitted dates (about 10 ounces)
2 ounces shelled, salted whole pistachios
2 ounces dried apricots, cut into 32 strips
1 pound lean best-quality bacon, thinly sliced and then halved crosswise


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stuff each date with 3 or 4 pistachios. Lay a stuffed date and apricot strip on top of each bacon slice; wrap to enclose. If not using immediately, freeze up to 1 month.

Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes, flipping each wrapped date after 8 minutes. If frozen, bake at 400 degrees.for 10 minutes; flip, and bake 10 minutes more. Transfer wrapped dates to paper towels to drain. Serve with toothpicks.

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