Spain – Stuffed Dates with cheese and walnuts
I haven’t been posting many recipes lately so I thought I’d offer this simple one to go with my last post since we drove through date palm groves on the way up from Marbella to Barcelona. Here is a simple but delicious way to make a different kind of “tapa” that I have seen served here and sold in food stores. You can serve it as part of a tapas offering or with a cheese selection along with champagne, wine or a good sherry. The dates must be ripe and sweet. They balance beautifully with the blue or goat cheese and the crunch of the walnuts. If you stuff them with cheese you can try using chopped caramelized nuts instead of the fresh ones I am showing here. You can either stuff the dates with the cheese or just serve the cheese alongside.
Not much more to say at the moment. It’s a very simple but delicious little thing.
Blue cheese or goat cheese
Beautiful fresh walnuts or caramelized nuts (see here)
Make a slit with a knife in each date, just enough to pen it up and remove the pit but do not break it too wide open.
Spoon a little cheese into the cavity and top with chopped nuts.
Alternatively, stuff the dates with only the nuts and serve the cheese on the side.
Serve at room temperature.