This post is sponsored by Sprint, all opinions are 100% my own.
Oh man, have I let my creative juices flow on this one. This recipe is a hit. I have never had dates taste this good plus they are stuffed with sweet ripe plantain, and I am pretty sure my guests are going to love it. Creating this recipe was fun because just like music, cooking is a form of art. Since I was a little girl I have always loved entertaining, it is in my blood being a hostess and even being on stage. That is why I have always admire artists. Take musicians for example, they make us dance, sing from the top of our lungs and sometimes even cry (oh yeah, I remember crying all night during an Enrique Iglesias concert as a teenager; what a fool). Being able to transmit a powerful emotion must be an incredible feeling, and it takes talent. Hence why I love to celebrate artists’ success and watch the annual awards that highlight their contributions, like the Premios Billboard de la Música Latina, which will be celebrated live this Thursday April 24. I can’t wait to watch this show, as I will be hosting a viewing party with my framily. Yup, that stands for friends and family (just like the Sprint Framily Plan). Sprint is a proud sponsor of Premios Billboard de la Música Latina and I am joining them in the celebration. Don’t be left out! Follow and join the conversation as well by using the hashtags #Framily and #Billboards2014 and see who fans are rooting for to win the different Premios categories. I will be posting pictures live from our viewing party, using those hashtags too.
I created this Bacon-Wrapped, Plantain Stuffed Dates recipe, inspired by the Premios Billboard de la Música Latina, as it showcases my artistic vein with a Latin twist. Sprint is sponsoring my framily viewing party and I will be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet to one of my guests. Isn’t that just awesome? I am excited to watch the show as the Tab 3 will be used live during the show as a digital envelop to announce the award winners throughout the show. And guess what? The Tab 3 is available at Sprint stores free when you join a Framily plan and buy a new Samsung Galaxy S5. That is a sweet deal!
Now to make the dates, shall we? All you will need to do is mash boiled ripe plantains with cream cheese, add shredded sausage of your choice and use this filling to stuff dried dates that will later be wrapped in bacon.
15 minutes in the oven and they will be done and ready for you to pop them in your mouth.They are easy, pretty, and incredibly tasty. Everyone will be wanting more and more. You have been warmed.
Lastly, remember to join Sprint in the music festival celebration! Tune in from home and join the conversation on Twitter and be part of our Framily.
- 1 very ripe sweet plantain
- ½ cup cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded hungarian sausage
- 30 dates, dried and pitted
- 15 slices bacon
- Peel and cut in thirds the sweet ripe plantain.
- Add to boiling water and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the plantain is really tender all the way through.
- While plantains are boiling prep the dates by making a cut on one of the sides and with your fingers opening them slightly so there can be space for the filling.
- Once fully tender remove plantains from boiling water and mash with a fork until smooth, add cream cheese to make it extra creamy.
- Once you have a smooth and creamy sweet plantain puree, add shredded sausage and combine by folding not mashing.
- Use this mixture to stuff the dates.
- Once stuffed wrap each date with half slice of bacon and place them on a baking sheet with bacon end tucked in the bottom side.
- Bake dates for 10 minutes on a 400 F preheated oven.
- After 10 minutes turn dates and bake for 5 more minutes.
- Take baking sheet with dates out of the oven and let then rest for 5 minutes before serving.