We had friends over for their "birthday dinner" a week ago, and I am just now getting around to posting one of the things we had that evening. I served these stuffed dates as a little finger food to stimulate our appetites. They were very tasty! And, as you can see from the recipe below, they were very easy to make. I made the cheese mixture the day before and finished them off about two hours before our guests arrived. Needless to say, it was nice not having any last-minute preparation.
DATES STUFFED WITH ORANGE MASCARPONE AND ALMONDS. Makes 12.
* 12 Medjoul Dates
* 2/3 cup mascarpone cheese
* 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
* 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
Slit date lengthwise on one side and remove pit. Blend together the mascapone, zest, sugar and water. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the center of each date. Sprinkle with the almonds.
This would be a nice addition to a dessert/cheese platter.