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Bacon and blue cheese… mmm…

Bacon and blue cheese… mmm…

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After two consecutive healthy posts, I think it’s high time we had some more bacon around here. So this is my absolute favorite appetizer to cook up for a dinner party: blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. If you want to really make it amazing, you can even make a balsamic reduction to drizzle over it, but I almost never actually get around to that, and these are fantastic as they are. They don’t do as well cold, though, so you can prep them ahead of time but need to bake them just before you serve them.

All you need is some pitted dates (not chopped. that was just a mistake on my part I didn’t realize until right after I started making them), a package of bacon, and some blue cheese. Crumbled, not, it doesn’t matter. If you want to double this recipe, one 5 oz container of blue cheese still gives you enough cheese for 2 8oz packages of dates and 2 lbs of bacon.

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First, take a pitted date and pry it open.

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Appetizer/Snack

 

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Welcome! Here’s… bacon!

To those new here (which would be… all of you) a warning: There will be deliriously unhealthy food here. There will be wholesome, nurturing cooking here. There will most definitely be crazy ideas, harebrained schemes, and madness. Therefore, given the divinity of bacon, it seemed only fitting to start off with: bacon jam.

So far, I’ve only used this on grilled cheeses, which it raised from simply amazing to absolutely divine, and I’m sure it would be great on a burger, toast, english muffin with a fried egg, on a baked potato, or even simply with cheese and crackers.

This recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen’s newest DIY cookbook, found here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Americas-Test-Kitchen-Cookbook/dp/193649308X and the recipe itself is here: http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/recipes/homemade-bacon-jam/

So, with no more ado, we start:

First, I got out my Dutch oven and started cooking up some bacon.

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Next, I removed the bacon and cooked the onions and garlic in the bacon grease (mmm bacon grease).

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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Canning

 

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