Here’s a quickie hors d’oeuvre you can make if you’re having people over the watch the Superbowl. I’m actually bringing some to my brother Jeff’s house. He and Eileen always are the Superbowl hosts and we usually don’t eat real dinner until much later than we get there, so we need some nibbles for the pre-game show and the pre-pre-game stuff.
These take about 5 minutes to make and best of all, you can eat them as is or heat them in a 375 degree oven until they’re hot.
Blue Cheese and Almond Stuffed Dates
24 large dates, preferably Medjool
1/2 cup blue veined cheese
1/4 cup chopped smoked almonds
3 tablespoons brandy
Slit the dates open lengthwise and remove the pits. Combine the cheese, almonds and brandy in a small bowl and mix to blend them. Use equal portions of the cheese mixture to stuff the insides of the dates. Eat as is OR, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the stuffed dates on a cookie sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes or until just hot. Can be prepared ahead up to the point of heating. Makes 24