Good Company 11-28-11 Biaggi's

By WEEK Producer

November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM CDT

Biaggi’s Bacon Wrapped Dates

18 slices hickory smoked bacon
36 dates, whole
36 toothpicks
½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon slices on the foil. Place in the oven until 75% cooked (approximately 12-14 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool - keep the oven on at 400°.

Slice the bacon in half and wrap each date with a half piece of bacon – secure with a toothpick. Place wrapped dates in an oven-friendly dish or pan and set aside while preparing the sauce.

Place balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Pour into dish or pan with the wrapped dates and bake in oven for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the wrapped dates and place on a serving dish or cast iron skillet. Pour the sauce over the wrapped dates – serve and enjoy.