Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a jelly roll pan or a
cookie sheet with raised edges with aluminum foil.
dates:Season the dates generously
with black pepper. Pull on or cut the dates lengthwise so that they open and
insert 1 pecan into each date. Wrap tightly in a strip of bacon. Put the dates
on the prepared pan, seam side down.
Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the dates over and continue
baking 5 minutes or until the bacon has browned on the top and bottom. Transfer
to a serving platter and top with the sauce and chopped nuts.
sauce:Meanwhile, cook the honey in
a small skillet over medium heat until it boils, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the
skillet from the heat and carefully add the red wine vinegar. Return the pan to
the heat and allow it to cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes over low heat.