Bacon Wrapped Date & Cornbread Stuffing Poppers with Spicy Honey copy

Bacon-Wrapped Date and Cornbread Stuffing Croquembouche with Spicy Honey

Makes: 90 (2-oz. portions)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 each 56-ounce bag UNCLE BEN’S® Classic Cornbread Stuffing
  • 2-3/4 quarts water
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 3 pounds Medjool dates
  • 90 strips of bacon, almost fully cooked
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce

DIRECTION

  1. Combine water, butter and seasoning packet from UNCLE BEN’S® Classic Cornbread Stuffing in amounts indicated on package; bring to boil.
  2. In a large bowl, add stuffing crumbs; pour hot seasoning mixture over crumbs. Gently fold to combine all crumbs with liquid. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes to steam, then cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil; add dates.
  4. Turn water off and let dates sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove pits from dates and add them to a high-speed blender.
  6. Add some of the water and puree on high until dates are smooth.
  7. Add puree to cooled cornbread stuffing.
  8. Scoop out 2-oz. portions of stuffing; lay these at one end of each bacon strip. Roll and place on a sheet pan.
  9. Cook the rolls until bacon is fully cooked, arrange on a plate.
  10. Combine honey and TABASCO® Sauce; drizzle over the top.
  11. Adjust and scale recipe as necessary.

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