Maple Nut-Filled Dates

Maple Nut-Filled Dates Recipe
Christina Schmidhofer
After a day of skiing, Leslie Freeman wanted a bite of something quick, rich, and sweet. She came up with these cheese-filled dates, which make a great appetizer or après-ski snack. She uses Bellwether Farms' flavorful, creamy crescenza cheese, made in Sonoma County. You can substitute another soft cheese, such as teleme or brie. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 15 minutes


Makes 20 date halves; 8 to 10 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 114
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Protein 1.8 g
Fat 4.4 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Sodium 41 mg
Cholesterol 5.1 mg


10 Medjool dates
1/4 cup soft cheese (see note above)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup


1. Cut dates in half lengthwise and remove pits. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cheese into the cavity of each date half. Arrange dates on a serving plate.

2. Melt butter in a 1- to 2-quart pan over low heat, then increase heat to medium and cook until butter is foamy and starting to brown. Add nuts and stir constantly for 1 minute. Add syrup and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

3. Lift nuts from the syrup with a slotted spoon and press a few pieces into the soft cheese in each date. Drizzle syrup over the dates and serve warm.

Leslie Freeman, Boise, ID,


December 2004
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