Orange Mascarpone Filled Dates

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The Superbowl is over, but apparently the Superbowl appetizer posts aren’t. I’ve made these twice now, once for New Years, once for the Superbowl, and they’re great. Actually, I must admit: I came up with the idea, but my friend’s 15 year old daughter Mary made them. And did a great job!

First you start by making the filling. Take a small container of mascarpone and scoop it into a bowl. Mix in the zest of an orange, half of the juice of the orange, and a teaspoon of ground cardamom.

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Split open a date, and spoon a little of the filling into it.

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Top with some crushed pistachios and a drizzle of honey.

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Repeat until you’re done!

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Orange Mascarpone Filled Dates

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Cooking Madly

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz container Mascarpone cheese at room temperature
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 tsp . ground cardamom
  • 1 lb . Medjool Dates already pitted are easier, but either are fine
  • 1/4 lb . pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Mix the mascarpone, orange zest, orange juice, and cardamom in a small bowl.
  2. Pull open dates, remove pit if present, and fill with mascarpone filling. You can either pull it apart and spoon it in, take a cold pinch and press it in, or pipe it in with a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Any way will work fine.
  3. Crush the pistachios (a ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer work well, as do a mortar and pestle). Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the dates. Drizzle with honey.

 

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  • Kate February 15, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Oh boy, I love this idea! My boyfriend cooked Valentine’s dinner last night, and he made blue cheese stuffed dates… that he then wrapped in good bacon and baked. Woah! So good.

    • Cooking Madly February 16, 2013, 9:59 am

      Kate, I love that blue cheese/bacon recipe! It’s been a go to app of mine for years. This is a new variation on it that’s lighter and friendly to my vegetarian/Jewish/pork allergic friends. If your boyfriend does the bacon ones again, though, have him try a balsamic reduction drizzle on them. It really takes them over the top.