Are you guyz Super Bowling tomorrow?!?! Are you having a party, no party, a little food, A LOT of food? Does it include some chili bacon wrapped dates with Manchego?! Tell me the details of how you Super Bowl. We can make Super Bowl a verb right? I’m thinking since it’s pretty much officially an unofficial holiday with all its own special commercials, appetizers and game day chili gloriousness, and cheering and yelling at the TV (even though I still don’t know who’s playing) it can be a verb.
Are the Patriots playing? I really don’t know. I’m usually the one person who Googles it to find out the answer. Not knowing is an unintentional annual Super Bowl tradition of mine.
But no matter who wins the big game I’m definitely winning with these chili bacon wrapped dates with Manchego! I don’t know what I’m winning but I know I’m winning something cuz when my peeps eat these tasty stuffed date appetizers, they always say, “Oooh, these dates are sooo winning right now.” Yes, they are good but could someone please tell me WHAT exactly it is that I am winning?
Alright, besides current predictions on how the halftime show will shock our socks off this year, let’s chit chat about the important stuff. Important Super Bowl stuff = THE FOOD.
Hold that thought. Do you tune in to the Super Bowl only when the halftime show is on OR are you one of those people who only watches the game OOOR do you go for the full Super Bowling experience and watch the game, the halftime show and all the commercials? I’m so curious. Do share.
Back to THE FOOD. Chili bacon wrapped dates with manchego my friends. There are a bazillion recipes on the web for bacon wrapped dates. All with their own rendition of what kinda cheese to stuff in the dates, how to prep the bacon, yadda yadda yaaaaaa. But I’m pretty sure there aren’t any with chili and Manchego. If there are, don’t tell me. I like to feel like I’m original.
Each sweet date is stuffed with a little creamy, slightly nutty flavored Manchego and then all wrapped up like a pig in a blanket with salty, savory bacon that’s been rubbed with chili powder to give it that little extra kick of flavor. Bake it between 14-16 minutes in the oven and that’s it. Badda boom.
The first time I had a stuffed cheesy date wrapped in bacon was on a babymoon vacation that my hubby and I took to New York City 4 years ago. And since then, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect stuffed date flavor combo. I think this date combo is IT. As in it’s winning.
Enjoy and happy Super Bowling friends! ❤Print
These chili bacon wrapped dates with Manchego are a salty-sweet appetizer with a spicy kick! Perfect for a party or any type of gathering!
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Using a small knife, make a small cut in one side of each date and remove the pit.
- Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date.
- Brush bacon slices with 1/2 tsp chili powder (or less if you like less spice) on 1 side of the bacon. Wrap each date with 1 piece of bacon, with chili powder side against the date.
- Secure bacon onto the date by inserting a toothpick through it.
- Place dates on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until bacon is browned on bottom, about 6-7 minutes. Turn dates and roast until bacon is cooked, about 7-9 minutes longer.
- Transfer to a plate with a paper towel to soak up some of the oils and to allow them to cool slightly.
- Transfer to your serving dish and enjoy!
Medjool dates and Manchego cheese can be found at most grocery stores. The most economic place I have found both of them at is Costco.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
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