STUFFED MEDJOOL DATES FOR PARTIES & THE HOLIDAYS
From delicious holiday appetizers to gourmet gifts, listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Donna George, owner of The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona, who shares how Medjool Dates are the perfect ingredient for the Holidays!
I am sure by now everyone is either thinking about preparations for Holiday parties or you are in full swing of all the festivities. What is a quick and easy appetizer to take to the holiday parties, one that everyone is going to enjoy and one you can use your imagination? Well of course the stuffed Medjool Date!
You can use any grade of date for stuffing, but I like to use either the Large or Jumbo for an appetizer platter due to size and moisture content. When I am working with dates for appetizers I make sure that I am pulling a box out of the freezer. It is much easier to work with dates when they are frozen because in my opinion the dates are firmer, it is easier to pull out the pit, and the dates are not as sticky so it makes it quicker to make the appetizer tray.
What should I stuff my dates with you may ask? This is where the fun begins and you can let your imagination go wild. I always start with the basics like pecans, walnuts, coconut, peanut butter rolled in granulated sugar, and walnuts rolled in powder sugar. Then I start rummaging through my refrigerator looking for color to jazz up the platter. I like using green, red and yellow peppers, zucchini, apples, pineapple, and cream cheese.
Favorite Stuffings for Dates
– CHEESE: All the way from the mild Monterey Jack cheese to sharp cheddars, pimientos and Roquefort.
– CREAM CHEESE: Sweet or tangy, depending on your taste. Try softening cream cheese with orange juice or lemonade concentrate. Or add cruncy peanut butter and garnish with salted peanuts, walnuts, almonds or bacon.
– FRESH VEGETABLES: Carrots, celery, green and red peppers, anything that crunches!
– FRESH FRUITS: Tart cubes of apples, slices of firm fresh pears, wedges of pineapple, or cubes of papaya with a dash of lime.
The possibilities are endless. When using the Medjool Date as an appetizer it is really difficult not to be the hit of the party when the other guests see you walk in with a colorful and appetizing tray of dates!
The Peanut Patch is a southwest tradition where folks gather to buy nuts and peanuts, homemade peanut brittle and peanut butter, fine chocolates and confections, snacks and candies, dried fruit and dates, and gourmet gifts including salsas, relishes, jams, syrups, preserves, olives, and more. The Peanut Patch is the proud retail distributor for Bard Date Company. For more Medjool Date recipes and gift ideas, visit www.BardDate.com.