Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sweet and Savory First Courses

I made a couple of sweet and savory dishes for dinner last night: speck, hachiya persimmon, Gioia burrata salad with balsamic vinaigrette and maple bacon wrapped dates.  We bought beautiful, perfectly ripe persimmons at the farmer's market this morning, and they were perfect with the salty, smoky speck and the rich and creamy burrata.  Jen's bacon wrapped dates were the hit of the New Years Eve party so I made them at home with maple bacon and medjool dates from Costco.  I love the extreme sweetness of the dates and maple syrup from the maple bacon, against the salty bacon.  It's very addicting, just like candy.  We also had our staple sake salmon, paired with some sake and riesling, for a delicious and very filling meal.

Bacon Wrapped Dates:
  • Soak 8 toothpicks in water and preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut 4 slices of bacon in half and pit 8 dates
  • Wrap the bacon around the dates, pinning the overlapping ends with the toothpick
  • Bake on a baking sheet lined with foil or on a rack for 20-30 minutes until done.  I like them done when the edges start to crisp

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