Bacon Wrapped Dates
Serves 24 Active Time 15 min. Total Time 35 min.
2 cups port wine
1 cup chicken stock
1 garlic clove, chopped in half
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
24 large dates, pitted
12 slices bacon, halved crosswise
Bring port, chicken stock, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil until mixture is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. Fish out and discard garlic.
Preheat oven to 400oF.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and fit with a wire rack; set aside.
MIX cheese, almonds and fresh thyme in a separate bowl.
Halve dates lengthwise (be careful, darlings, not to cut all the way through). Place a small amount of cheese filling in the center of each date. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date. Secure bacon with a toothpick.
Place stuffed dates on prepared baking sheet. Bake until bacon is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
Arrange on a platter and drizzle a little port sauce on each.