50 pitted dates
1 pound hickory-smoked bacon, sliced into 2-inch pieces
vegetable oil, for frying
2 8 oz. jars Locally Preserved Strawberry Lavender Syrup
Pour one inch of vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet. Set over medium heat and heat to 350°F (use an oil thermometer to monitor the temperature). Wrap each date with a 2-inch piece of bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick. Carefully place the bacon-wrapped dates in the hot oil. (Do not crowd too many in the skillet at once. Leave about 1 inch around each date.)
Fry until the bacon turns is crisp and golden-brown. Using a slotted spoon, place the dates on a plate lined with a paper towel. Allow the dates to cool, at least one minute, then remove the toothpicks.
To serve, place two dates on each plate and drizzle with Strawberry Lavender Syrup.
Makes 25 servings (2 per)