Recipe by MarraMamba
Another in Boqueria's chef Sean Mullen's "tapas for 8" party menu. Substitute any blue cheese if you cannot get the one in the recipe, and any almond if you dont have marcona.
Top Review by JanuaryBride
I used HUGE madjool dates and they are so rich that I could only eat one!!! I stuffed half the dates with cabrales blue cheese and 2 marcona almonds and then stuffed the other half with manchego cheese and 2 marcona almonds. I had some serrano ham left over in the fridge, so I used that in place of the bacon which was GRAND and lighted up the calories and fat. I actually preferred the ones with the huge chunks of manchego over the blue cheese, but now I know!!! Served with some Pinot Noir (which I just realized was French). Thanks. ..made for ZWT5 Family Picks Spain for Team Las Sirenas.
- 16 madjool dates
- 16 marcona almonds, toasted
- 1⁄4 lb valdeon blue cheese or 1⁄4 lb cabrales blue cheese
- 8 slices bacon, each cut in half
- 16 toothpicks
Directions See How It's Made
- Cut each date along one side, removing the pit and replacing it with a toasted Marcona almond.
- Place a teaspoon of the cheese inside the date and close it. Wrap each date with half a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
- Bake in a 400-degree oven until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.