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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Executive chef of Amada, Jose Garces, is making this popular tapa that makes a total of 8 skewers.
Ingredients for Dates
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon, sliced thinly 1#
  • Pitted Medjool Dates, 24 pieces
  • Marcona Almonds, 24 pieces (approximately 2 cups)
  • Pearl Onions, 24 pieces, blanched in boiling water until just tender
Ingredients for the Bechamel
  • Butter, 2 Tablespoons
  • AP Flour, 2 Tablespoons
  • Whole Milk, 1 Cup
  • Cabrales Blue Cheese, 1 Cup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt the butter in a small nonreactive saucepan over low heat and whisk in the flour
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until it no longer tastes of raw flour, (2 to 3 minutes)
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes
  4. Place Bechamel in a blender with Blue Cheese and blend until smooth
  5. Keep warm

TO FINISH THE SKEWERS
- Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped 1 Tablespoons
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoons
- Watercress, ½ Cup
- Cabrales blue cheese, crumbled, ¼ cup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Fry the skewers until the bacon is golden brown and crispy (approx. 3 minutes).
  3. Serve with Cabrales Blue Cheese Sauce and Garnish with Chopped Parsley and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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