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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.

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

Method:
* 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.
Notes:
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.

Comments

14 comments:

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!!!