Tailgating food is fun. Period. There’s not much more to it. Or is there? After a few touchdowns and a couple beers, “What you’re eating?” isn’t as important as “Who’s winning?” but it doesn’t have to take second stage to the game. Graduate from stale chips, pre-ordered trays of sandwiches or mayo-soaked salads and dips with these restaurant-style recipes that have more pizzazz than that hottie’s touchdown dance.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Fried Rosemary
Makes 24 bites
I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love bacon wrapped dates. Also known as “devils on horseback” probably because they travel as quickly as that from the plate to your mouth.
1 cup vegetable oil
1 bunch rosemary
24 dates, whole and pitted
1 cup blue cheese
12 slices of bacon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange a cooling rack over a sheet tray to catch excess bacon drippings.
In a high-sided sauce pan heat vegetable oil up over medium heat. In batches fry springs of rosemary, about 30 seconds a spring. Remove from hot oil and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
Make a slit in each date and stuff each with about ½ teaspoon of blue cheese and 2-3 sprigs of rosemary. Using ½ slice of bacon tuck bacon inside the slit and wrap around the date. Repeat for all dates. Place on baking sheet and cook until crispy and bacon is cooked through.
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