My other contribution to the meal was bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates. My mom made them the past two years, and they're so addicted I needed to make them as well. And the best part, they're so easy to make.
1. Start but pitting a few dates.
2. Stuff with slices of parmesan.
3. Wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
4. Cook dates in the oven until the bacon gets crispy.
This was by far the hardest part of the recipe for us. I had found a recipe to use, that involved prosciutto instead. And that recipe said to cook at 450 degrees for 6 minutes. While that would have probably been a perfect temperature and length for prosciutto, not to much for actual bacon. At the end of 6 minutes the bacon was nowhere near cooked, and the cheese was starting to ooze out of the date. Looking back it would have been better to cook them at a lower temperature for less time. But since the cheese was starting to ooze out, we took them out of the oven and fry them up on the stove to get to bacon crispy.
And if you remember this post on my Thanksgiving tradition, you know this post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my plate.
It was a good Thanksgiving overall, but still isn't anywhere near the same as having Thanksgiving at home with my family. But it was great spending Thanksgiving with the boy and his family, and having the chance to experience a holiday so different, yet somehow the same as normal.
I hope everyone else had a fabulous Thanksgiving as well!