Giada De Laurentiis’ Hot Italian Sausage-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Lemon Basil Crema Is an Appetizer for the Senses

Put pigs in a blanket in your rear-view mirror with Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis‘ literally sensual appetizer of Spicy Italian Sausage-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Lemon Basil Crema. By the name, it sounds like this recipe might have an incredibly long ingredients list, but it’s actually a satisfying and small bite that packs a punch of flavor.

The spicy ground sausage is stuffed into the chewy, sweet pitted dates, wrapped in the salty, savory bacon, and after baking completely to a crisp, dipped into the tart, cool, and herby dip. Here’s how to make Giada De Laurentiis’ unforgettable appetizer.