My husband and I went to Jack Fry’s this past Valentine’s Day. They have an AMAZING appetizer that I’m still dreaming about. Their version adds goat cheese but I thought that I would “paleotize” it by removing the cheese. This is an incredibly easy, yet rich and luxurious treat. The combination of flavors ~ the sweetness of the dates, the spiciness of the sausage, the richness of the bacon and the smokiness in the tomato sauce ~ is an explosion of wonderful.
6 oz bulk chorizo pork sausage
10 Medjool dates
5 slices applewood smoked uncured bacon, nitrate-free
1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, strained
1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Slice each date lengthwise on one side. Remove pits.
Cook chorizo in a skillet over medium heat. Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.
Cut bacon slices in half. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Stuff the dates with the sausage. Wrap a 1/2 piece bacon around each stuffed date. Place the bacon seams down on the parchment paper. Cook for 30 minutes or until bacon starts to crisp.
In a food processor, add the chipotle(s) and the marinara sauce. Blend. Transfer to a small pot and warm.
Spoon the sauce onto a plate. Place dates on top of the sauce. Enjoy!!
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