dates wrapped in bacon with green olive sauce

for the spoon, this was one of the recipes i made. a winner really. salty and sweet. dynamite. i test kichened it out with some friends a couple nights before. it's simple- you should make it. wow your guests.... go ahead. who doesn't like almonds, bacons and dates?!

toast the almonds for 10 min at 350. this will bring out their flavour. pit the date and put the almond in the date. wrap half a piece of thin bacon (thick won't work!) around it. bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy.

meanwhile make the green olive sauce. saute 2 shallots with 1 minced dried red chili. cook on low heat for about 8 min. put into a food processor with one jar of spanish olives, a small bunch of parsley, 2 T sherry vinegar, and 1/2 cup olive oil. blend.

put in a pretty jar and when the dates are ready- you can dip them in it. you'll have plenty so I warmed up some herb focaccia from the market and served this as well. delicious.

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