Goat Cheese Stuffed Date with Bacon Onion Jam and Dehydrated Blueberries

Bacon and onion jam
1 tablespoon butter
3 slices thick cut bacon, small diced
2 large Vidalia onions, diced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
••• teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Pinch of salt
1 cup brown sugar

Dehydrated blueberries
1 pint of blueberries, washed

Julienned sorrel or basil
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Bacon and onion jam:
On medium heat, brown bacon with the butter. Add onions and saute for about 3 to 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar then add sugar, salt, and pepper and stir well. Simmer on low for one hour.

Dehydrated blueberries:
Set oven to 225 degrees. Layer blueberries on a parchment lined baking sheet making sure none of the blueberries touch. Bake for 2 hours and 15 minutes or until blueberries are shriveled and almost completely dried out.

To prepare the dates:
15 dates, cut in half, pit removed
8 ounces goat cheese, softened and put into a pastry bag with small tip

Cut dates in half and fill with goat cheese. Top with a small dollop of bacon and onion jam and 2 to 3 (depending on size) of dehydrated blueberries. Enjoy!

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Mobile, AL 36608
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Special Event:
3rd Annual Farm to Table Tasting Event
Mobile County Master Gardeners will pair local growers and producers with area chefs and caterers to celebrate the culinary bounty of our region.  Thirteen South Alabama growers and producers will provide locally-sourced produce, meats and seafood. Fifteen South Alabama chefs will prepare special tasting dishes for diners, served in the iconic atmosphere of Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the causeway.  This eating-local feast will include wine and dessert.  Last year’s event was sold out well in advance, so make your reservations early! www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg

When:  Monday, June 9, 2014, 6 – 8 pm
Where:  5 Rivers Delta Hall – 30945 Five Rivers Blvd.  Spanish Fort, AL 36523
Reservations Requested by May 24, 2013 – $65 per person
Please make checks payable to Mobile County Master Gardeners, 12915 Dauphin Island Pkwy.  Coden, AL 36523
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2014 Farm to Table Participating Restaurants
Georgia Roussos Catering
Chef Rob & Co.
The Little Cake Shop
Derailed Diner
Bistro Escoffier
The House Restaurant and Bar
Red or White, Wine & Gourmet Center
Serda’s Coffee Company
True Midtown Kitchen
The Italian Fisherman
Eat Peacefully
The Bean & bistro
Bay Gourmet Catering
Pinzone’s Italian Downtown

2014 Growers and Producers
Chasing Fresh
Dana’s Seafood
Farm Fresh Market
Henrietta’s Dairy
Jeta Farms
Ken Buck Farms
Local Appetite Growers, LLC
Oak Hill Farm
Organized Seafood Association of Alabama
Powell Blueberry Farm
Sessions Farm
Southern Fish and Oyster
Sweet Home Organics

Alabama Market Maker
United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama, LLC
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
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