I am posting this which I just blogged about...
Sometimes the simplest things are the tastiest. Recently I attended a potluck event where I was supposed to bring a dessert. I didn't want to buy something pre-made, but I also didn't want to spend the entire afternoon baking. I love the flavors of middle eastern foods and thought that perhaps I could come up with something different...
I love dates. They are flavorful and can be used in many different ways. I wanted to combine the sweet honey like flavor of the dates with something a bit of bite and a complimentary texture. Eventually I came up with dates stuffed with french feta and pecans.
This recipe is so simple that I am not going to provide amounts that are set in stone. Instead I am sharing the amounts that I purchased. I bought enough to make a dessert platter plus have extra left over for my family.
2lbs medjool dates (really any large date will do)
1lb french feta
Halve each date and remove the pit. Stuff each date half with a generous amount of feta cheese; approx. 1/2 Tbsp. or slightly more if desired. Top with a pecan half. Serve
Certainly one can substitute walnuts for the pecans. If you desire you can use goat cheese instead of the feta for a stronger contrast in flavors. One chef friend suggested just have a date with a large hunk of parmesan reggiano stuffed inside it. I'll definitely have to try that.