Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves: Makes 40 pieces * Makes 1 2/3 cups sauce

  • 40 whole almonds
  • 40 dates, about 1 1/2 pounds, pitted
  • 20 bacon slices, halved
green olive sauce:
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 dried red chile, minced
  • 1/2 pound green Spanish Olives, pitted
  • 1/4 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

Dates Wrapped in Bacon with Green Olive Sauce

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lay the almonds on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until the nuts are lightly toasted. Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle, stuff an almond inside each date. Wrap a piece of bacon around the date so the ends stick together. Put them on cookie sheets and bake until the bacon is crisp, about 20 to 25 minutes. While that is happening, make the olive sauce. In a small skillet, heat a 2-count drizzle of oil. Sauté the shallots and chili over low heat for 8 minutes until caramelized. Let them cool a bit, then scrape them into a food processor. Add the olives, parsley, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of oil. Puree a good 3 minutes until totally smooth. Serve the dates with the olive sauce for dipping and some funky toothpicks. Delicioso!

Edited: October 9th, 2009