Easy Entertaining: Pancetta Wrapped Dates

August 20, 2012
Pancetta wrapped dates are a quick and easy appetizer that are great for entertaining.  This recipe requires only a few ingredients and very little work in terms of preparation.  Pancetta is the Italian version of bacon.  The difference between the two is that pancetta is not smoked so it has a milder flavor.  The sweetness of the dates coupled with the creamy cheese and salty pancetta is the perfect flavor combination.  Pancetta wrapped dates are a winning dish.
 
 
Ingredients:
 
1/2 cup Mascarpone
 
Directions:
 
De-seed the date by slicing open the date from top to bottom (being the top the stem side). Chop dill weed mix with mascarpone. Fill the date with this mixture using a mini piping bag and tip. Wrap the thinly sliced pancetta around the filled date.
 
Now you have two ways of cooking.
 
Drop into deep fryer until the pancetta is crisp about 3-5 minutes.
 
Bake in oven at 350 until the pancetta is crisp about 8-10 minutes.
 
Great little appetizer

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