Monday, December 5, 2011

Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Tomato-Pepper Sauce

Tapas: noun, small Spanish savory dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar. Tapas is derived from the Spanish verb "tapar" which means "to cover". 

Tapas is more a way of eating than a way of cooking.  In Spain tapas are commonly served to bridge the time between lunch and dinner when friends gather for a drink after work and the word generally refers to the selection of bar foods offered.  In the United States, tapas menus have become popular in restaurants and bars offering patrons a selection of small plates.

You can make your own tapas at home by putting together a selection of simple, flavorful appetizers.  Include these sweet, yet savory, stuffed Medjool dates with a zesty tomato-red pepper sauce as a tasty mouthful to accompany a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail. 

They are simple to assemble and can be made ahead of time.   You'll also want to make more of these dates than you think you need.  They are addictive.

The Pepper Sauce Ingredients
Let's start by making the Tomato-Pepper Sauce.
  • 8 ounces of roasted red peppers
  • 16 ounces of canned, whole peeled tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a medium, heavy pot cook the onion and garlic together over medium heat until translucent.  Add the peppers and a tomatoes with their juice.  Cook on low heat for 1 1/2 hours.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cool, then blend or process until smooth.  Refrigerate.

Stuffed Dates Ingredients
Chorizo Stuffed Medjool Dates
Makes 4 servings
  • 16 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 8 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 8 tablespoons uncooked Chorizo
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Directions
Slice each date and carefully remove the pit.  Remove the casing from the chorizo sausage and stuff each of the pitted dates with 1/2 tablespoon of the chorizo. 

Wrap each stuffed date with 1/2 piece of bacon. 

Ready for the Oven
When ready to cook place the dates seam side down on a baking sheet lined with a rack (to allow the fat to drain).  Cook in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until the chorizo is cooked through.  If necessary brown under the broiler until the bacon is crisp.
Enjoy!
To serve, pour the tomato-pepper sauce in a rimmed serving dish.  Place the dates on top of the sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley.You can get the printable Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Tomato-Pepper Sauce by clicking the link.


Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Wow, anything does taste better with bacon! Those look really yummy!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Caren. These really are as yummy as they look!

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