Stuffed & Coated Dates (A Recipe)


This recipe was discovered during Ramadan (about a month or so ago) and it has been on heavy rotation ever since. The combination of nuts, cheese, and smushy sweet dates is nothing short of Wow! The goat cheese is truly a gastronomical delight and since being introduced to it I am now thinking of other ways I can incorporate it into recipes. Sometimes I make these satisfying treats for my husband and I but I always end up eating majority, if not all, of them. I like to have them with Cardamom or Saffron Tea from time to time. They are so tasty ... and so easy to make. Here's how ...
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 YOU WILL NEED:  


-Pitted Dates or Whole Dates (You can easily take the date stones out yourself.
-Goat Cheese (I love the Chevre Goat Cheese by Silver Goat. Kroger's is where I get mine.
-Sliced or Crushed Almonds (If you get them sliced you will need to crush them yourself like I did.
-Honey (I love the Wildflower Honey that you dispense for yourself at Whole Foods.
-Zip Bag 
-Stove, Heating Plate, etc. to barely warm the honey 
-Pestle & Mortar (optional) 

HOW TO: 


(1) If you don't have pitted dates be sure to take out the date stones before you get started. 

(2) Gently put a slit into each date so that they look like tiny hotdog buns and place them all on a plate.

(3) Grab your almonds and crush them if needed them place them in a spacious bowl or on a separate plate. You can use a pestle and mortar to easily crush them. If you can don't have a pestle and mortar you can improvise by using a bowl and the handle of a sturdy utensil. My pestle broke so Sometimes I use a large wooden spoon. 

(4) Pour about 1/4 cup of honey into a small pot and place over low heat on the stove. Allow it to heat for about 5 minutes but be sure that it doesn't start to boil. You just want to barely warm it up. 

(5) While your honey is warming, in a zip bag, put in a few spoonfuls of goat cheese and some honey, zip the bag, & smush (I don't even think that's a real word but you know what I mean) the mixture together with your fingers. When I do this I always think how much fun a child would have doing it as well. Note: I didn't measure. I just go for what tastes good. If you absolutely, positively need to measure then a good rule of thumb would be to start with about 1/4 cup of goat cheese and 4 tablespoons of honey. You can add more goat cheese or more honey if needed. 

(6) Don't forget to remove the hone from the heat. It should be ready now.

(7) Cut or poke a small opening into one of the bottom corners of the zip bag. 

(8) Aim the opening over a date and squeeze a line of the cheese and honey mixture into the middle of the date. You will repeat this step for each date. 

(9) After you've "stuffed" all of your dates go ahead and taste one. I call these the plain ones. Sometimes I like to eat them like this - without coating them in honey and almonds. 

(10) Grab one of your stuffed dates coat it by rolling it in the warm honey. 

(11) Hold on to that same date and now roll it in the crushed almonds. You'll repeat steps 10 & 11 for each date. 

(12) Place the dates in a pretty arrangement on a nice plate and enjoy. 
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