For the holiday party season bring an appetizer everyone will want to try for it’s uniqueness but then gobble up for taste. Chef Tom’s Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are filled with feta cheese with a dash of Jerk seasoning for warming spices for the holidays. This dish combines, a little heat, intense sweetness, smokey, and salty flavors in a single bite.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
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For your next holiday gathering bring these Bacon Wrapped Stuff Dates. They will captivate both curiosity and taste buds. Take the sweetness of a date, stuffed with savory feta cheese, then wrapped with smokey bacon and your mouth will be celebrating a fantastic contrast of flavors.
- 12 oz (20 each) Medjool dates, pitted
- 4 oz (2/3 cup) feta cheese, large crumbles
1 tbsp Plowboys BBQ The Jerk Seasoning
- 10 slices bacon
- Preheat your Kamado Joe Konnected Joe Ceramic Charcoal Grill to 400ºF, set up for indirect cooking.
- Mix the feta and Plowboys BBQ The Jerk Seasoning in a small bowl.
- Stuff each pitted date with about 1/2 tablespoon of the cheese.
Wrap each date in 1/2 slice of bacon, and pin in place with a toothpick and place the bacon wrapped dates on a jerky rack for easy transfer.
- Place a chunk of pecan wood in the coals to add smoke to the cook.
- Place the jerky rack on the grill and cook until the bacon is rendered and almost crispy, about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove and serve warm.
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When requested to bring a dish for your next holiday gathering consider these tips when trying to select an item to bring.
Balance Flavors and Textures
When planning holiday appetizers, aim for a variety of flavors and textures. Mix and match items that are sweet, savory, crunchy, and creamy to create a diverse and satisfying spread.
Preparation in Advance
Choose appetizers that can be prepared ahead of time. This not only reduces stress on the day of the event but also allows you to enjoy the festivities with your guests.
Make your holiday appetizers visually appealing by incorporating festive colors and arranging them on attractive serving platters. Consider using holiday-themed garnishes or edible decorations to add a touch of flair.
Accommodate Dietary Preferences
Take into account the dietary preferences and restrictions of your guests. Include options that cater to different diets, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy-free choices, ensuring everyone can indulge in the holiday spirit.
Hot and Cold Options
Offer a mix of hot and cold appetizers to provide contrast and accommodate various preferences. This also helps with logistics, as not all dishes require last-minute cooking.
Pair your appetizers with signature holiday drinks. Whether it's a festive punch, mulled wine, or non-alcoholic spiced cider, complementary beverages enhance the overall experience.
Consider serving bite-sized appetizers that are easy to handle and eat while mingling. This allows guests to enjoy a variety of flavors without the need for a sit-down meal.
Include a selection of dips such as spinach artichoke, hummus, or a flavorful cheese spread. Dips are versatile and can be paired with different accompaniments like crackers, bread, or fresh vegetables.
Cater to All Ages
If your holiday gathering includes guests of all ages, make sure to have options that appeal to both adults and children. Finger foods and familiar flavors often work well for younger attendees.
Experiment with Global Flavors
Introduce international flavors to your holiday appetizer menu. Incorporate spices and ingredients from various cuisines to add an adventurous twist to the traditional holiday spread.
Remember, the key is to create a delightful and stress-free experience for both the host and the guests. Enjoy the festivities and the company of your loved ones!
- Serving Size
- 1 date
- per serving
- 5.2 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 2.2 grams
- 16 milligrams
- 283 milligrams
- 6.6 grams
- .7 grams
- 5.5 grams
- 4.5 grams