3/9/10

bacon wrapped dates and a winner



Here I am about to announce the winner of ad hoc at home giveaway and I go and pull up the random number generator and look who's number gets picked.



The third comment is Saint TigerLily's comment...

'She will leave the biscuits for someone else to make and go read some Flannery O'Connor? See, but the only problem there is we don't get fresh biscuits...Since I already HAVE Ad Hoc, as a lovely giftie from you, no less, I don't need to be included in the thingamabob. I just wanted to add to the story. And seriously, if you ever want to read about a drastically different Southern woman, Flannery is your gal.'

Yeah you read that right, I had sent an extra copy to TigerLily awhile back ago because if anyone loves Keller more than I, it is my gal STL. Soooooo... while the force is strong between her and Keller (or so she says. I think he loves me more.) I gave her the opportunity to pick the winner.

She liked this comment the best...

'Well, I really just want the cookbook, but I'm pretty sure the heroine's next step would be to take the biscuits out of the oven, and serve them up to everyone in her crazy family with a entrée of chicken fried rat poison - so the ghostly ancestor can finally have their revenge and the young maid can run off into the sunset with the charmingly sexy, yet horribly undereducated, farmhand named Jackson Rhett Nathaniel Rutherford Lee, III - or, Sonny for short.'

-Liam O'Malley of My So Called Knife

Liam, you are THE WINNER! Please email me at krysta [@] evilchefmom [dot] com and let me know where you want me to ship ad hoc at home to.

Now we must discuss these little crack grenades...



My whole family is a snacking/hors d'oeuvres family. When there are large get togethers we have been known to skip dinner and just eat the
hors d'oeuvres or better yet just have an hors d'oeuvres dinners. Katie made these last Saturday and the little crack grenades (make them and you'll understand what i am talking about) were gone as soon as they were cool enough to grab. I had to sneak a couple and take a quick picture before I was attacked. Sorry but that's why the picture was so dark, it's the only picture I was able to take.

bacon wrapped dates: adapted from apples and butter which she in turn got from gourmet (gasp-sob) which originally came from suzanne goin

Makes 30, allow 5 per person

10 slices of bacon cut crosswise into thirds
30 dates
3 - 4 oz of Parmigiano-Reggiano, broken or cut into small pieces about the size of a date pit

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Stuff 1 piece of parmigiano into each date, then wrap 1 piece of bacon around each date, securing it with a pick. Arrange dates 1 inch apart in a shallow baking pan. Bake 5 minutes, then turn dates over with tongs and bake until bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes more. Drain on a paper bag or parchment. Serve immediately.

I served this with a side of really good balsamic vinegar to dip the crack grenades into. You got a little sweet, salty, sour in each bite.


17 comments:

Amy said...

Yes, yes, yes. We are huge appetizer eaters...moreso now than ever with the impending move and their simplicity to put together.

Funny thing, I JUST made these two weeks ago and thought they were post worthy, but didn't get ANY pictures. "Crack grenades" - well put.

SaintTigerlily said...

I made these this weekend too! Listen, I have to tell you, you know how much I LOVE Apples and Butter, and you also know that as a pregnant lady I can't eat the blue or goat cheese. HOWEVER. This recipe is MUCH better with blue or goat cheese. Hate to say it, but it is the truth.

Congrats Liam!

Liam O'Malley said...

Wow, I NEVER win things. This is awesome.

Thanks Krysta and STL!

Krysta, I'll email you my info tonight =)

Thanks again. Those dates look to die for, too.

noble pig said...

Oh crack grenades...oh yes...drooling.

Jennifer said...

When my friend, Pete's family would have hors d'oeuvres dinners, they called them "Dippy-Doo's."
Dippy-Doo's are the second-best kind of dinner. After breakfast-for-dinner, of course.

Liam O'Malley said...

Hey STL -

Forgive my ignorance on the topic, but why can't a pregnant woman eat blue or goat cheese? I've never heard that before.

krysta said...

liam... it's such a load of crap (in my very undoctorly opinion but i wouldn't want to harm my east coast pretend neice) but IT MAY harbor harmful bacteria. Also on the do not eat list...sushi, deli meat, any raw eggs, rare meat, and the list goes on and on. funny how pregnant japenese women eat sushi with no problems but in the us it's a no go. i will let stl explain the rest because this makes me want to rant. -krysta

SaintTigerlily said...

Oh AND, I heard last night from my friend Brandon that salad is off the menu for the carrying mother during the first trimester in France and his wife, Jacqui said that watermelong is forbidden in China. I think "they" just like punishing pregnant people.

Seriously though, supposedly deli meat, unpasteurized cheese, smoked fish, pate and similar are not ok because of the bacteria Listeria, which can cause Listeriosis. Listeriosis isn't so hot to have if you aren't pregnant but if you are it can cause fetal death, and pregnant women are (again, all of this is allegedly) much more likely to develop Listeriosis than non-pregnant people. I don't know. All I know is it makes me ache for Subway.

...but maybe I should be scarfing down watermelon and salad as a move of solidarity with my French and Chinese sisters.

Liam O'Malley said...

LOL thanks Krysta and Lily. I'd known about deli meat and listeria, and sushi/fish (and mercury, right?), but never knew that goat and other cheeses were an issue. My very much not-currently-pregnant wife will not be pleased to hear that.

Krysta - I'm with you on the cultural pattern frustration there. Meaning, for lack of a better way to put it succinctly, the whole USDA / US diet guidelines, warnings, culture, magazine trends, etc., etc. etc. makes me all stabby.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I go to a lot of catered parties, and the caterer I know makes these all the time . . . so truly about twice a week I eat bacon wrapped dates. Handfuls. You can't stop once you start.

Anonymous said...

Can you use blue cheese or an alternate cheese for the bacon wrapped dates?

krysta said...

@anon... yes you can... tigerlily recommends using blue cheese or goat cheese (above comments). i don't know how that can make perfect even more perfect but she swears it's even better...

Mrs. L said...

I love your nickname for these. I'll have to make them soon as now I'm craving them!

Stacey Snacks said...

Hey Lady,
Haven't visited in a long while.
I love those bacon wrapped dates!
They are a party staple!

I'm Cassie.... said...

Dates?? Really?? I'm intrigued! But, then again, anything wrapped in bacon is A-OK in my book! Gotta try these.

Magpie said...

whoa, those do sound like crack.

EAT! said...

love the retro appetizer. sub pineapple tidbits or water chesnuts or dried apricots or figs..... time to buy more bacon