Serves 10. Best paired with Louis Picamelot Blanc de Blancs Brut. Recipe by Chef Mike Jalili of Touch Restaurant & Oyster House, Flame Steakhouse and Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes. From our January 2017 Cooking Class.
2 pounds of Medjool dates
5 ounces of goat cheese
⅛ cup bacon grease
½ pound bacon, cut into thirds
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Remove pits from dates. Add dates, goat cheese and bacon grease to a mixer. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Lay out bacon on a baking sheet, and bake for five minutes or until bacon is pliable. Spoon ½ tablespoon of mixture on each strip of bacon, roll and secure with a toothpick. Bake in oven for 10–15 minutes until bacon is completely cooked.