stuffed dates

Orange-Vanilla Flavored Cheese Stuffed Dates

Sometimes I think life is a bunch of holidays with not much in between. Except for the entire month of January.

I suppose that's a good thing, because holidays are happy and celebratory.

Also, there's the food. Except for Yom Kippur, every holiday has food. And even when it comes to Yom Kippur, there's the break-the-fast when it's all over and the break-the-fast is all about food. 

As far as holidays go, at this point of the year, we've just finished Thanksgiving. So what’s next up?

Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a really delicious holiday. Lots of fried stuff like latkes and doughnuts.

It's also a dairy holiday because of the story of Judith, which you can read about it here

For our family, in honor of Judith, I make lots of dairy items in addition to the usual potato latkes and doughnuts. I have served cheese latkes and potato latkes with a yogurt based sauce laced with lemongrass. And also Potato Galette with Caramelized Onions and Cheese and Almond Crusted Winter Squash and Noodle Kugel (actually that one’s a favorite). 

Desserts? Maybe Meyer Lemon Yogurt Pie (you can use regular lemons) or Baked Goat Cheese with Honey Sauce and Cranberries. Maybe even cheesecake. Or some fabulous cheesecake cookies!

And also these stuffed dates! Easy to make, not too sweet (no added sugar), these little morsels are perfect for the holiday. If you don't want to use almonds for garnish, crushed, toasted coconut will do nicely.

Btw, these make a nice tidbit for New Year’s, either as hors d’oeuvre or late night snack. 

 

Orange-Vanilla Flavored Cheese Stuffed Dates

  • 12 medjool dates

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 tablespoons crushed toasted almonds (or pistachios or crushed, toasted coconut)

Cut the dates through the center, but not all the way through to the bottom. Remove the pit and spread the date slightly to form a hollow for filling. Mix the cream cheese, yogurt, orange peel and vanilla extract in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth and soft. Fill the dates with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the nuts.

Makes 12 

Orange and Vanilla Scented Cheese Stuffed Dates

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Sometimes I think life is a bunch of holidays with not much in between, except for the entire month of January.

I suppose that's a good thing, because holidays are happy and celebratory. Also, there's the food. Except for Yom Kippur, every holiday has food. And even when it comes to Yom Kippur, there's the break-the-fast when it's all over and the break-the-fast is all about food. 

As far as holidays go, at this point of the year, we've just finished Thanksgiving. Next up? Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a really delicious holiday. Lots of fried stuff like latkes and doughnuts.

It's also a dairy holiday because of the story of Judith. You can read all about it here

So for me, in honor of Judith, in addition to the usual potato latkes and doughnuts, I have served cheese latkes and potato latkes with a yogurt based sauce laced with lemongrassPotato Galette with Caramelized Onions and Cheese has been on my Hanukkah menu and also Almond Crusted Winter Squash and Noodle Kugel

Desserts? I could go with Meyer Lemon Yogurt Pie (you can use regular lemons) or maybe Baked Goat Cheese with Honey Sauce and Cranberries. Maybe even cheesecake. Or some fabulous cheesecake cookies!

And also these stuffed dates! Easy to make, not too sweet (no added sugar), these little morsels are perfect for the holiday. If you don't want to use almonds for garnish, crushed, toasted coconut will do nicely.

 

ORANGE-VANILLA SCENTED CHEESE STUFFED DATES

  • 12 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons crushed toasted almonds (or pistachios or crushed, toasted coconut)

Cut the dates through the center, but not all the way through to the bottom. Remove the pit and spread the date slightly to form a hollow for filling. Mix the cram cheese, yogurt, orange peel and vanilla extract in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth and soft. Fill the dates with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the nuts.

Makes 12 

Blue Cheese and Almond Stuffed Dates

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

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