Bacon wrapped figs:
6 figs cut in half
6 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans
3 slices bacon, par cooked (see instructions below in next recipe) and cut in half
Preheat your broiler. Mix the goat cheese and pecans. Next, stuff the fig halves with goat cheese. Wrap each fig half with half a slice of bacon, securing with toothpicks.
Place the figs on a baking sheet and broil for about 5 minutes. It is ready when the bacon is evenly brown and crisp and goat cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
Bacon wrapped dates:
36 dates, whole
½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
wee bit of salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon slices on top
of the foil. Place in the oven until 75% cooked (approximately 12 – 14 minutes). Remove
from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle – keep the oven on at 400°.
Cut bacon in half and wrap each date with a half slice of bacon – secure with a toothpick.
Combine balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium
heat. Pour sauce into dish with the wrapped dates (I use a large pyrex baking dish) and bake in oven for 3 – 4
minutes. These are fabulous!