Date & Bacon Rumaki 

 Here’s a recipe for a yummy little appetizer that you can serve at your next holiday gathering. They are a delicious twist on “angels on horseback”, an old party classic consisting of oysters wrapped in bacon. 

Prunes or dates wrapped around bacon are often called “devils on horseback”. I’ve amped up the traditional recipe by using luscious medjool dates and goat cheese. Of course I had to tweak the name too – date & bacon rumaki just sounds more appetizing (classic rumaki are water chestnuts and liver wrapped in bacon and marinated in soya sauce, ginger and brown sugar). 

You can’t go wrong with the combination of sweet dates, creamy goat cheese and salty bacon. That being said, feel free to experiment with other types of cheese (blue cheese works well, as does cream cheese) other types of dried fruit (such as figs or prunes) and even bacon (prosciutto and pancetta are equally delicious). You can also swap out the almonds for a pecan or walnut. 

Serve these warm with drinks or on top of vinaigrette- dressed salad greens for lunch or a light supper. 

DATE & BACON RUMAKI

Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 24 large medjool dates pitted
  • 12 slices bacon cut in half crosswise (you should have 24 pieces)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup creamy goat cheese we use Woolwich Dairy brand at the shop
  • 24 whole blanched almonds (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Halve dates lengthwise being careful not to cut all the way through. Remove pit. Place
  • a small amount of goat cheese in the centre of each date. Tuck in an almond and close.
  • Wrap a piece of bacon around each date.
  • Secure bacon with a toothpick (preferably, toothpicks that have been pre-soaked in water so that they don’t burn in the oven).
  • Place dates on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake until bacon is cooked through and slightly crispy, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Dana Shortt is a mother of two and the owner/operator of Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts. The shop is a boutique-style gourmet food store specializing in hand crafted prepared meals, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar, gift baskets and quality chocolates from local suppliers. Dana received her formal culinary training at George Brown College. Along with her Culinary Management Diploma, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph.

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Dana Shortt is a mother of two and the owner/operator of Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts. The shop is a boutique-style gourmet food store specializing in hand crafted prepared meals, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar, gift baskets and quality chocolates from local suppliers. Dana received her formal culinary training at George Brown College. Along with her Culinary Management Diploma, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph.