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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cheese Stuffed Dates

While planning for last month's 'global food' based blogging marathon, I realized that stuffed dates are a popular treat in the Arab world. They can range from a simple stuffing like coconut or sesame seeds to these party worthy cheese filled ones. The sweetened cheese filling here is flavored with cardamom / rose water / orange blossom water, strongly reflecting the Arabic influences. The stuffed dates are then garnished with nuts. These stuffed dates would be an yummy treat for kids and adults alike.

Soft, pitted Dates
Cream Cheese / Ricotta Cheese / Freshly made Chena
Powdered sugar to taste
Cardamom powder for flavor
Pistachios to decorate

* Make a small lengthwise incision on one side of each date using a small knife and keep them aside. (If using pitted dates, remove the pits.)
* Combine cheese, sugar and cardamom in a small bowl.
* Fill each date with about 1 tsp (or sufficient) cheese mixture.
* Garnish with sliced pistachios or press a pistachio on each date.
1. One tbsp. cheese would fill 3 - 4 dates. Skim cheese can be used.
2. I garnished with some orange zest too and I think that flavor is too overpowering and only a little cardamom would suffice for the flavor. Even rose water / orange blossom water can be substituted for cardamom. 

This is going to be my contribution to 
1. Blogging Marathon #45
2. Kids' Delight - Potluck Party.



Priya Suresh said...

Stuffed dates looks alluring, hard to resist to them.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Dates and cheese iS a very interesting combo. Very appealing.

Srividhya said...

yum.. great use of dates

Harini-Jaya R said...

I have seen various stuffings for dates but this is the most flavorful I think.

Nisha Sundar said...

Such a fantastic idea Suma. I love it!!!

Sarita said...

Dates with cheese interesting combination .. Looks great!

vaishali sabnani said...

beautiful dessert...the presentation looks great.

sneha datar said...

Wow what a combination of cheese and dates must try this.

Pavani N said...

Those dates stuffedwith sweet cream look so tempting. Wish I could lay my hands on a few of them.

Srivalli said...

Wow what a delightful stuffed dates, never imagined stuffing dates would be such fun too..

veena krishnakumar said...

The dates look so Inviting!!!

Jayashree said...

What a decadent dessert. I can almost imagine how good it must feel to pop one of these into the mouth.

Chef Mireille said...

they look so pretty

Priya Srinivasan said...

What a colorful platter there, healthy snack as well!!!