Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Prunes--NEW NEW
Okay, this sounds weird but they are really quite tasty. A bit of salt with your sweet. I tried two ways to cook them. Both worked. I'm also including a variable or two in case you want to get wild. The restaurant served two per person. Seems like just the right amount for the obvious reasons.
21 prunes, feeds approximately 10 people
21 prunes (you can vary the number)
7 pieces of regular American bacon (Oscar Meyer is a favorite)
Olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Most prunes come dried and in a bag now. First thing you'll need to do is "plump them back up". This usually means covering them in water and boiling them for a few minutes until they soften up. You'll do this same thing to prepare the prunes for this dish. If you want to get wild you can add some liqueur or wine to the water to infuse the prunes with extra flavor. After you cook the prunes, put them on a paper towel to drain. When they have drained you can proceed.
One third of a piece of bacon is enough to cover one prune all the way around. So if you cut your bacon strips into three segments, crosswise, you'll have enough to wrap each prune. You want the bacon to overlap a bit. Place each wrapped prune on a baking sheet sprayed with oil. Make sure they are seam-side down.
Bake the prunes wrapped in bacon for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Then open the oven and gently turn the prunes over so the other side can brown against the cookie sheet. The second side should only take about 5 - 7 minutes. You want the prunes baked to a brown crunchiness but not blackened.
Let cool slightly and eat.
An alternative method would be to fry them. You can use a sauté pan and spray it with oil. Brown the seam side first so it sticks together then gently turn so they brown all over. This method is a little greasier so I'd suggest you drain them on paper towels before you serve them.
P.S. I did find out that Devils on Horseback (a British recipe) is very much the same. In that recipe they stuff the prunes with chutney and serve on toast with watercress. I guess this is just a simpler version. Either way, they are great little tidbits!
Enjoy. Cheers! Zola
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