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Dátiles con Béicon (Dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeón, wrapped in bacon)

Source
Adapted from Executive Chef Seamus Mullen of Boqueria in New York
Number of Servings
Makes 8 wrapped dates
Ingredients
8 Medjool dates
8 marcona almonds, toasted
8 teaspoons of Valdeon or Cabrales blue cheese
4 slices of bacon, cut in half lengthwise
8 toothpicks
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut each date along one side. Remove the pit and replace it with a toasted marcona almond. Place a teaspoon of the cheese inside the date and close it. Wrap each date with half a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Bake in a 400-degree oven until golden brown.
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