Knock knock knock.
In another round of my Tony Award party, I offered my guests these Hoisin Pecan Dates wrapped in delicious Stanton’s pepper bacon. It’s sort of East meets West, Asia meets Texas.
This is also REALLY easy and can be done ahead.
This particular appetizer truly marries sweet, salty and spicy in a flavor explosion that is hard to rival. And despite the richness of the bacon and pecan, it isn’t a total gut bomb.
Let’s get cooking.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup of your favorite commercially produced Hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces (halves and quarters work best, not chopped pieces)
- 20 large pitted Medjool dates
- 10 pieces pepper bacon, halved
- 20 pieces of kitchen twine, 3-4 inches long
Pre-heat oven (preferably on convection) to 400 degrees.
Find something in your kitchen to loosen up the holes in the dates. It can be a chopstick, a shish-k-bob skewer, anything pointy. Get the dates stretched and loosened up a little.
In a small bowl combine the Hoisin sauce and the pecans.
Carefully using your fingers insert the nuts into the dates. Get them just to the point of splitting open.
Take a half piece of bacon and try to wrap it around the date so that most of the surface area is covered. Then take a piece of twine and tie it around the date to secure the bacon. Super easy.
Put a wire rack on a sheet pan. Line the dates up on the wire rack, allowing room around the perimeter of each one.
Put into the pre-heated oven. Watch them like a hawk. You will need to occasionally re-arrange them for consistent browning. Probably this will take 12-15 minutes. But like I said, watch continuously and take them out when the bacon is crispy on all sides. If you are doing this ahead with the intention of re-heating, pull them out a little prematurely, allow them to cool completely, store in a zip top bag and pop them back in the oven for a few minutes just before serving.
These little bites are irresistible, trust me.
Enjoy! That’s all for now.
xo, The Gentleman Caller
Printable PDF here: The Gentleman Caller’s Hoisin Pecan Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Pepper Bacon