Back in the day when life was easy and you could walk down the street at night- er- scratch that.
Back in the day when scrunchies and slap bracelets were all the rage- er- not quite.
Well, they do seem quite antiquated, if still intensely yummy when executed with flair.
No, not fruit cakes, I speak of chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. Nowadays, they are touted on every catering menu that prides itself on “upscale” cuisine. I think you can probably also order them at Applebee’s. But once upon a time, a few years ago, these delicious little sweet-and-savory nuggets could only be had at Avec and a few similar institutions. No visit would be complete without their cocooned goodness nuzzled in a red pepper sauce so perfect for bread mopping.
The last time I ordered these at Avec there was but room for disappointment. They were fine but not revelatory. Perhaps I had become inured to their wonder. Perhaps my buds had been ruined by an improved version made in my own kitchen a few weeks prior for a thirteen course dinner party. Perhaps their heyday was no more.
But in any case, the sweet/salty combination that so titillates McDonald’s is really epitomized by these pieces of nostalgia. As such, I decided that they needed a makeover. Hence: chorizo, bacon and date pretzels.
They are a work in-progress but all who have left the test kitchen with a bite have also left with a smile. Add a delicious peppery bourbon cocktail as an accompaniment and it might just set the stage for a fantastic mingle.