Savco Kitchen Tavolino's bacon wrapped dates

- In the Fox 2 Cooking School, Savco Kitchen Tavolino teams up with an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization called One More Moment to kick off a big event Wednesday.

The organization grants one more special moment to people battling late stages of cancer.

Eve of the Eve event is on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the event, visit eveoftheeve.org.

The black tie event features food catered by Savco Kitchen/ Tavolino. Jules Botham shares a sweet and savory recipe of bacon wrapped dates. Everything is better when it's wrapped in bacon, right?

Chorizo Stuffed Dates (To be served with Romesco)

Ingredients:

25 ripe dates, pitted
½ cup of cooked house-blend chorizo
13 slices of raw bacon, halved across-ways

Directions:
Fill pitted dates with 1 t of chorizo.  Wrap dates in slices of bacon and place on sheet tray.  Bake at 350° until bacon is crispy.  Serve with Romesco sauce.


Chorizo Blend
Ingredients:

1lb ground pork
1 t fennel seed, ground
¾ T salt
1 T black pepper
1 T sweet paprika
1 T hot paprika
1 t cumin
1 t oregano
1 t cinnamon
1 orange, zested
1 t sugar

Directions:
Mix all ingredients above.


Romesco Sauce yield: 1 qt

Ingredients:

½ cup olive oil
1 whole red pepper
6 ripe tomatoes, halved
9 cloves of garlic
1 spanish onion, julienned
¼ cup toasted almonds
1 oz white bread, cubed and toasted
1 t sherry vinegar
1 t sweet paprika
½ T salt

Directions:

Coat vegetables in olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. On sheet tray, first spread out julienned onions and whole garlic cloves.  Lay tomatoes and red peppers on top and roast at 350* until tender.

Peel roasted vegetables (also seeding roasted peppers and coring tomatoes).  Chop tomatoes and using a colander, deseed tomatoes (put chopped tomatoes in colander and shake back and forth to get rid of seeds).  Put in container and blend with burr mixer.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until becomes a thick, smooth sauce.

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