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« on: June 24, 2008 05:53:32 PM »

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...
dates.

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
pecans

Directions:
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

Notes:
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.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008 10:52:06 PM »

I love these!!! I esp. love the pecans.  We have these alot on holidays and I trade between the ones with the cheeses and the ones with the marzipan in them.  They are great!!! Healthy and delicious!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2008 02:18:39 PM »

I hadn't even thought of marzipan. Does that not make them too sweet?
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2008 09:39:20 PM »

I never found them that sweet.  I guess it depends on the marzipan.  I love marzipan and the marzipan I've tasted is pure almond taste with enough sugar to offset the almond.  Incredible stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2008 08:24:14 AM »

These are really good....we have a family friend who makes these for Thanksgiving, etc.  She uses cream cheese with a bit of powdered sugar mixed in and stuffs the dates with or without nuts (pecans or walnuts...we have some nut allergies in the family). They are so addictive! I pretty much love anything with dates and cheese involved.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2008 09:12:10 AM »

Another amazingly yummy date recipe. I wonder if it is truly Middle Eastern because it involves bacon.

* Take a pitted date and stuff it with a toasted whole almond
* Wrap the now stuffed date witha half strip of bacon
* Place on a broiler tray and sizzle in the oven until the bacon is just beginning to be crispy (you'll have to watch it carefully, and flip the dates to get all sides crispy). They will continue to cook for a bit after you pull them out.

I have several "picky" friends who will not eat anything "weird" and these are a hit. I think it is the bacon that reeels them in.
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2008 05:14:52 PM »

mmm, yum with the bacon.

I am allergic to nuts now (weird to have developed the allergy as an adult) so sadly I can't have them with the nuts. Means no marzipan either. I thought about doing it with goat cheese to add a little stronger bite.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 01:03:03 PM »

Did you try the goat's cheese?  Sounds good.  I guess you could stuff them with about any soft cheese and probably add spices to the stuffing mixture.  Instead of the marzipan maybe a little honey.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2008 03:14:58 PM »

Both of the recipes mentioned (cheese + pecans and the bacon-wrapped one) are reasons why I decided that I could eat dates.  Before I had this type of appetizer at a party, I steered clear of dates because they reminded me of when my grandparents would eat a date a day for regularity  Smiley
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