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Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese

Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Sep 21, 2011

Best-quality Medjool dates or ripe yellow dates work best for this recipe. The yellow dates, in season now, are available at larger Middle Eastern markets. If they are too firm when you buy them, you can place them in the freezer overnight, then defrost them at room temperature; that will help soften them faster.


Servings: 6

Yield: Makes 12 dates

Ingredients
  • 12 large soft Medjool dates or 18 ripe yellow dates (see headnote)
  • 4 ounces Bucheron cheese (may substitute a soft goat cheese)
  • Assertively flavored olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut the dates open just enough to remove and discard the pits.

Cut the cheese into pieces just long enough to fit inside the dates, then insert a piece in each date. Arrange on the baking sheet. Drizzle the dates with a little oil, then sprinkle with a little salt. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cheese has softened.

Serve warm.


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From Washington caterer Vered Guttman.

Tested by Dean Felten and Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per date (based on 12 medjool dates): 120


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 310mg 13%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 15g

Protein: 2g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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