# f you have to make this sauce your estimated time will be increased of course. Just bite the bullet and always have it handy. ~grin~ Here is a simple recipe for balsamic reduction sauce. On the stove simmer 1 cup of balsamic vineger until reduced by half. You should end up with half a cup of thick syrup. As an option before you shut off the heat, add small chunks of butter up to 2 ounces, gently whisk until butter is melted and mixed throughly into the sauce. If you have leftover sauce try it on grilled mushrooms, lamb or beef.
# To assemble the stuffed dates, cut each piece of bacon in half. Depending on how many pieces of bacon you have adjust for the number of dates and almonds. You want one almond and one date per half piece of bacon.
# Push one almond piece into a pitted date.
# Wrap each stuffed date with a half slice of bacon.
# Secure with a toothpick.
# Broil these for 10 minutes but please be careful to watch them as not all broilers are the same. You want nice crispy bacon.
# When done, place these one layer deep on a nice serving platter.
# Drizzle with your balsamic reduction sauce.
# Chop your fresh tomato finely. Garnish the dish in the middle with the chopped tomato. It gives colour and adds a nice taste to compliment the richness of the ingredients.
# Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese curls and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.
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