Servings: Makes 16 appetizers
3-4 ounces Wisconsin Gouda Cheese*
2-3 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage
8 large pitted Medjool dates, pitted and halved lengthwise
4-6 strips excellent quality bacon, preferably applewood smoked
Cut cheese into "matchsticks," about 1" long by 1/4-inch. Cut chorizo into 16 strips. Stuff date halves with 1 or two strips of cheese and 1 strip of chorizo.
Cover sheet pan with foil. Set date halves on sheet. Cut bacon into 1 1/2-inch squares or rectangles and place one on each date half. Broil about 4 to 6 inches from broiler burner, turning pan to promote even cooking. Broil until bacon is cooked and crisp at edges, 3-4 minutes. Watch carefully. Serve warm or at room temperature.
*Or use an earthy-flavored, Wisconsin cheese, such as Les Frères, Italico or Limburger.