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Hot Italian Sausage-Stuffed Dates with Lemon-Basil Crema

These sausage-stuffed dates broiled in bacon always get an especially warm welcome (and they can easily be assembled well ahead of time then baked off as needed).

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Hot Italian Sausage Stuffed Dates with Lemon-Basil Creama

Category

Appetizer Snack

Servings

12

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Calories

181

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon mascarpone (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from approximately 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the dates:
  • 12 medjool dates
  • 2 links hot Italian sausage
  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon (about 6 slices)

Instructions

  1. For the sauce, whisk together the sour cream, mascarpone, lemon zest, lemon juice, basil, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors marry.
  2. For the dates, preheat the oven to 400°F. Make a small slit lengthwise, down the center of each date. Remove the pits and open the dates slightly, leaving the bottom intact. Remove the casing from the Italian sausage. Cut the slices of bacon in half, making 12 shorter slices.
  3. Place two teaspoons of the loose sausage in each of the opened dates, then close up around the sausage (it will not close completely, leaving some of the sausage exposed). Wrap each date in one of the halved slices of bacon and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the dates for 8 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and flip each of the dates. Return to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or more, or until the bacon is crisp. Serve warm alongside the lemon-basil creama.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
181
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
19 grams
Protein
4 grams
Fat
11 grams
Saturated Fat
4 grams
Cholesterol
23 milligrams
Sodium
250 milligrams
Fiber
2 grams
Sugar
16 grams
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