Fox 8 Recipe Box: German Mulled Wine & Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Klaus Tenbergen is the Associate Dean of the Hospitality Management Program at Tri-C's Metro Campus. He knows a thing or two about recipes that work well for holiday entertaining. Klaus shared two of his favorite recipes with Fox 8's Stefani Schaefer.

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Glühwein - German Mulled Wine Recipe

½ cup water
½ cup orange juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
10 whole cloves
1 (750 ml) bottle red wine

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine the water, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon stick.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.
Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water.
Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water.
Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves.
Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break).

Bacon Wrapped Dates

24 large fresh dates – dried dates work as well
12 slices thin bacon, halved crosswise

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Pit dates, tearing them open as little as possible. Set dates aside.
Place dates on a baking sheet, seam side down, at least 1/2 inch apart.
Bake until bacon is golden and crisp, 10-12 minutes.
Drain on paper towels and set aside to cool briefly before serving.