Walnut-Stuffed Dates 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dec 18, 2013

Finishing these stuffed dates with a sprinkling of fleur de sel turns them into a delicacy worthy of gift-giving.

Make Ahead: The stuffed dates can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Defrost for at least 20 minutes before serving.

8 - 10

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Tested size: 8-10 servings

  • 40 or more raw, unsalted walnut pieces
  • 8 ounces pitted dates (about 40, from one 9-ounce container)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast for about 8 minutes or just until fragrant. Cool completely.

Stuff each date with a piece of walnut (or two).

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the dates and stir to coat. Cook until they are thoroughly heated through; this should take about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Season the dates with the fleur de sel. Transfer to a serving dish and serve right away, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Recipe Source

From cookbook author Susan Herrmann Loomis, who blogs at www.onruetatin.com.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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