I served this at 2 different parties and both times they where a huge hit! I loved the spicy, smoky, sweet combo. They almost want to make you want to eat 2 or 3 just to figure out what all is in them. I also loved that you can make them all ahead of time them lay them out on the baking sheet before guest arrive.
Hot and Smoky Stuffed Dates
(Adapted from Practical Gourmet Small Plates For Sharing)
6 Medjool fresh whole dates, pitted
1 1/2 teaspoons real bacon bits
3/4 teaspoon Asian chili paste
6 pieces of jalapeno Monterey Jack cheese, 1/4” thick, 1 1/2” long
12 roasted, salted, smoked almonds
Stuff each date with 1/4 teaspoon bacon, 1/8 teaspoon chili sauce, and 1 piece of cheese. Place on a baking sheet.
Top with 2 almonds each. Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand until slightly cooked. Serve with additional Asian Chili sauce.