Makes 12 bites. They are great paired with a nut brown ale.
- 12 large dried Medjool dates
- 6 oz (170gr) Fontina cheese (you could substitute Gruyere, Emmental, or Oka)
- 6 slices smoked bacon, cut in half lengthwise
- 4 pickled jalapeños, sliced in thirds lengthwise
Preheat oven to 350°F/176°C. Place the bacon on a papered sheet pan and bake 12 minutes or until cooked but limp.
Insert a chopstick into the bottom of each date and carefully push out the pit. Set aside.
Cut the cheese into ¼ inch slices, 1 inch long. Stuff a piece of cheese and a strip of jalapeño into the centre of each date. Wrap each date with a slice of cooked bacon and secure with a toothpick. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dates on it, bacon seam down. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt.
“These puppies are like molten lava when they come out of the oven. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.”