Since receiving this cook book, I've only used one recipe out of it; this one. This appetizer is super easy to make and is always a hit. Is it a $15-worth appetizer? That's for you to decide...
1 package of bacon ( I use regular, not thick-cut)
32- 40 pitted dates (You'll need 2 dates and 2 almonds per slice of bacon, so this number will vary depending on which brand of bacon you buy. For the dates, I used Mariani Premium pitted dates from Sam's Club)
32- 40 plain whole almonds
brown sugar (Optional, enough to coat)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut your bacon in half; I find it easier to cut the bacon with kitchen shears while it's in the package. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. Lay your bacon halves on the rack and bake until bacon is half cooked (about 8-10 minutes). If you're cooking a whole package of bacon, you should be able to fit all of the bacon onto one pan, with some slices slightly overlapping.
5. After bacon has cooked halfway, remove from oven and allow to cool until cool enough to handle. Usually at this point I'll use paper towels to blot the bacon and absorb some of the grease.
6. Roll each date in half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Then, if you desire, coat each date in brown sugar before placing back onto the wire rack.
*The dates I used were on the small side. If you purchase dates that still have the pit, they are usually bigger.
Source: Easy Recipes by Home Economics (FACS) Teachers 2007