Dates Stuffed with Chorizo Recipe (Mediterranean Appetizers)

A delicious combination from Spain, using fresh dates and spicy chorizo sausage.

SERVES: 4-6
PREP TIME: 5 min
COOK TIME: 5 min
READY TIME: 10 min
CUISINE: Spanish
CALORIES: 166.4 per serving

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz (50 g) chorizo sausage
  • 12 fresh dates, stoned
  • 5 streaky bacon rashers
  • Oil for frying
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (2 oz/50 g) fresh breadcrumbs
  • Cocktail sticks for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Trim the ends of the chorizo sausage and peel away the skin. Cut into three ¾ in (2 cm) slices. Cut these in half lengthways, then into quarters, giving 12 pieces.

2 Stuff each date with a piece of chorizo, closing the date around it. Stretch the bacon, by running the back of a knife along the rasher. Cut each rasher in half, widthways. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date and secure with a cocktail stick.

3 In a deep pan, heat ½ in (1 cm) of oil. Dust the dates with flour, dip them in the beaten egg, then coat in breadcrumbs. Fry the dates in the hot oil, turning them, until golden. Remove the dates with a slotted spoon, and drain on kitchen paper. Serve immediately.