To make a day ahead, assemble rumaki, put in cooking pan, cover and chill, then uncover and bake to serve.

Date and Chorizo Rumaki

Makes: 32 pieces, 16 appetizer servings Arrange bacon slices in a single layer in a 10x15" pan.

Bake in a 350F oven for 5 minutes.

Discard fat and blot bacon with paper towels.

Remove chorizo from casing and crumble into an 8x10" frying pan.

Stir often over medium-high heat until meat is lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

Let drain in a fine strainer to remove the fat.

Mix chorizo with cream cheese.

Cut halfway through dates on 1 side to make a pocket in each.

Fill dates equally with the cheese mixture.

Cut bacon slices in half.

Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Place dates on a rack in the 10x15" pan.

Bake in a 350F oven until bacon is brown and crisp, 25-30 minutes.

Sprinkle with cilantro.

Serve hot.