11.02.2013

Easy Entertaining: Dates Stuffed with Manchego and Topped with Pistachios and Honey

I had no idea I loved dates so much until I attended a press event at the new Whisk gourmet cooking store in Cary's Waverly Place.



Whisk is a locally-owned store that makes foodies squeal with delight. Not only does it have items that every home chef needs, but it also offers cooking courses.  The courses offered are quite extensive.



While Whisk chefs prepared a meal for us that showcased the art of entertaining, I kept popping dates stuffed with manchego cheese in my mouth as if it was candy corn.  Yeah, they were that good.

I've not made these at home yet, but Whisk assures me that they are easy peasy. And, of course, I already know they are delicious.

Enjoy!

Dates Stuffed with Manchego and Topped with Pistachios and Honey




Ingredients:
1 pound of Medjool Dates (approximately 30 dates)
6 ounces of Manchego cheese, cut in  1" X  1/2" strips
3-4 ounces of pistachios, salted and roasted
Drizzle of honey

Instructions:

Toast pistachios for 10-15 minutes in oven at 325 degrees. Pull them out when they smell "toasty".

Use a paring knife, and make a slit down the center of one date.

Tuck a cheese strip inside the date, and repeat the same process for all 30 dates.

Place in a baking dish and warm in 350 degree oven.

Remove from oven after cheese melts. Approximately 10 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle with honey and pistachios.

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Want to Go:
Whisk 
Waverly Place Shopping Center
316 Colonades Way - Suite 214
Cary, NC 27518

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