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Bacon Wrapped Dates
Sun King

Course: Appetizer | Beer Style: Quadrupel

Bacon Wrapped Dates Made with Sun King’s Bourbon-Barrel Aged Quad

Beer and bacon are two things we love, and this recipe from Sun King Brewing for bacon wrapped dates using their quad is already in our "save" file. It's the perfect appetizer for any get-together.

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Prep Time: 1 hr, 10 min | Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Medjool dates (about 24)
  • 1 lb Mexican style chorizo sausage
  • 12 strips Applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 14.5-oz can good-quality tomatoes
  • 8 oz (about 1 cup) Velvet Fog Beer from Sun King Brewing
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a paring knife, make a small slit in each of the dates, then push out the pit.
  3. Fill each date with chorizo, but not so much that the meat is overflowing.
  4. Slice the bacon strips in half crosswise to create two pieces out of each strip. Wrap each date with one of the half-slice segments of bacon. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes. Once the chorizo has cooked through (you can slice a date in half to test), crank up the temperature to broil and transfer the tray to the broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp up the bacon, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn.
  5. While the dates are baking, make the sauce. Add the peppers, tomatoes, and beer together in a medium saucepan and cook slowly over medium-low heat for the entire time the dates bake. Season with salt to taste, then puree the sauce until almost smooth but still with somebody; think thin salsa texture. (A handheld immersion blender works great, but a countertop blender is fine.)
  6. Once the bacon is crispy, divide the sauce among six plates and top with four dates each.

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