Date Update….for “D” day in the A-to-Z blogging challenge

Did you know dates are a fresh fruit? I love dates! But I never knew they were fresh fruit: they are naturally low in moisture, less than 30%. Think about their growing habits – palms, desserts – where a typical fresh fruit, which has 75 – 95% moisture, would just shrivel up and die. Deglet Noor and Medjool are two commonly seen varieties. The California date growers presented useful information to us at a workshop a while back & gave us some dates fresh-picked within the past 48 hour. Mmmm.

The date’s “caramel-like savory taste… invites the most tantalizing culinary creativity”, a  quote from  http://www.datesaregreat.com , that says it better than I can.

This recipe is a variation taken from the webiste (oh, look: there is cheese involved – imagine that!):

Stuffed Dates

  • 12 large California dates, pitted
  • 2  3oz packages cave-aged Blue Cheese, Maytag brand OR goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Almonds, sliced & toasted
  • 2 Tbsp Chives, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a  pan with parchment paper.

Slice dates lengthwise, on one side only; but do not cut all the way through. Fill the date cavity with about 1/2 teaspoon cheese. Finely chop chives and sprinkle over cheese & dates. Add a sliced almond piece on top of the cheese on each date. Arrange dates in the baking pan.

Bake dates until warm and cheese is slightly melted, about 8 minutes. Serve warm.

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4 Responses to Date Update….for “D” day in the A-to-Z blogging challenge

  1. Sia says:

    I too love dates!
    sia
    -www.vevisia.com

  2. chancelet says:

    Don’t know, never met a date I liked. Maybe just never had someone cook it up like in this recipe? 🙂

    Spunky’s Soldier, A-Z Challenge Writer’s Mark

  3. Deb says:

    yum, just visiting from the A-Z challenge.
    I love dates and walnuts or for a real challenge to the palet try wrapping a pistachio stuffed date in a thin fillet of lamb and cooking it on the BBQ. Delicious.

  4. LWSpotts says:

    I love dates. I have never tried them as you have described, but they do sound mouth-wateringly delicious. I have had them wrapped in bacon & backed, which is also a heavenly combination, but my favorite way is to cut them in pieces and add them to oatmeal (and if I have walnuts to go with them, even better).

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