When we get invited to a party, I’m always stumped about what to bring. I’m usually asked to bring “some little snack,” I guess because people don’t trust what I might cook. Not all of our friends appreciate down home cooking. My repertoire of Hors d’oeuvres recipes is limited, and most of them involve intensive labor. That just doesn’t “set” well with me. Did I ever tell y’all how lazy I am?
Usually, I rely on a quick trip to the local grocery store to get a fruit platter or veggie tray. I bring that home and put it on one of my fancy platters so people think I took the time to put it all together for them.
I’ve found something that is almost as quick! It’s lots tastier, too, because it involves my favorite food: BACON! The only ingredients you have to buy are pitted dates and bacon. If there are vegetarians in the crowd, let them bring their own Hors d’oeuvres!
I told you about the art walk we took in McKinney, and how we ended up at a tapas bar (stop it! I didn’t say “topless!”). One of the dishes we ordered was grilled dates wrapped in bacon, and they said they were as simple as they sounded.
I decided to try them. I got some pitted dates and a pound of maple smoked bacon, since I couldn’t find applewood smoked, and could hardly wait to tear into it.
At the restaurant, they said all you do is wrap the pitted dates with bacon and grill them, but I decided to experiment. We don’t have the grill going yet this year, so they were going to get broiled. And, I had some almonds and some gouda cheese, which I decided might make great “stuffing.”
I tried the dates three ways:
- plain dates wrapped in bacon.
- dates stuffed with an almond and wrapped in bacon.
- and, dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.
My Sweet Spousal Unit tried ’em. I hadn’t intended it, but he wrapped them in spinach (the spinach was supposed to make the picture look artsy-fartsy, but that doesn’t work when you are a cruddy photographer!). He liked them that way, and pronounced the cheese ones his favorite. But, he said he loved them all, and that I could make them any time I chose.
Hmmm. I think I choose to make them when he isn’t home so I don’t have to share!