24 medjool dates
12 slices streaky bacon, halved
200g linguica sausage or cooking chorizo, skins removed
1 tbsp soft cheese
manchego finely grated to make 5 tbsp
50g cooked chestnuts, crushed, plus some extra to decorate
salad leaves to decorate
250 g quince paste
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
To make the marmalade, put the quince, vinegar and a splash of water in a small pan. Simmer until melted together. Cool.
Heat the oven to 200C/400F. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together and shape into 24 balls. Open each date and remove the stone. Flatten the date by pressing slightly. Put 1 ball inside each date. The dates won’t be big enough to hold the ball but wrap with bacon and fix with a cocktail stick to hold it in. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with the marmalade on the side and chestnuts and salad leaves to decorate.
bacon recipe source: olive magazine (@olivemagazine)