When you think about party hors d’oeuvres, maybe you wonder what’s the easiest way for people to serve themselves? Fun bits to nibble on are the type that come with edible utensils. Take bacon for instance. It’s pliable and easy to shape as needed. Oh, and it tastes good. It makes a perfect bacon spoon (a bacoon?) to carry food from the plate to your mouth. It is one of the star ingredients in this simple appetizer that combines two things that we both love–bacon and cheese.
No doubt, this quick eat was one that seemed questionable at first. After a quick tweet, several people responded that yes indeed, dates, halloumi and bacon would be a match. From there, it was just a matter of assembling it. This is a simple appetizer that truly takes minutes to prepare and seconds to put together. There are levels of flavor that mesh well, such as the sweet, earthiness of the dates, the salty bacon and the brine of the halloumi. In terms of texture, the bacon provides crunch, the cheese soft and a tad squeaky, and the dates are chewy. Of course we cannot forget the leafy anise note provided by tarragon that rounds out each bite.
Halloumi and Date Strips – Serves 8
8 slices bacon, halved
8 ounces halloumi, cut into 16 pieces
16 dates, pitted
Fresh tarragon leaves
1. Cook the bacon according to the package directions. Set aside to cool, and pour out the excess oil, but keep the pan.
2. Fry the halloumi and dates in the same pan as the bacon, flipping to brown all sides. (This is purely to slightly warm the dates.)
3. Top the cooled bacon with a piece of halloumi, a few tarragon leaves and a date.
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