Asiago-Stuffed Dates with Bacon and Smoked Paprika

From Bon Appetit, May 2009

 

12 Medjool dates

12 1½ x ¼ x ¼ in. pieces Asiago, Manchego, or Pecorino cheese

4 slices apple wood-smoked bacon — each cut crosswise into 3 pieces

Smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Using a small knife, make a small cut in side of each date and remove the pit.  Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date.  Brush bacon slices generously on 1 side with smoked paprika.  Wrap each date with 1 piece of bacon, with paprika side against date and secure with a toothpick.  Arrange the dates on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until bacon is browned on bottom, about 6 minutes.  Turn dates; roast until bacon is cooked, about 6 minutes longer.  Transfer to plate; cool slightly. Remove toothpicks.

 

 

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