Warm Dates with Blue Cheese

I would have never thought to pair dates with blue cheese, but my wife and I discovered these on a trip to the now defunct Bin 555. I had forgot about them until one day flipping through my copy of Weber's Time to Grill, I rediscovered them.

This is a simple (I say that, but my wife always prepares them), but impressive appetizer.

Glaze

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Dates

3 ounces soft blue cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
24 medjool dates

Here is how to make them:

  1. In small sauce pan combine the vinegar and sugar. Bring to simmer and cook until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes, stiring occationally. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl mash the blue cheese and pecans together with a fork. Make a slice the length of each date and pull out the pit. Stuff each date with about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixutre, pressing it closed as much as possible.

  3. Place dates on grill pan and cook over direct medium heat until heated through. This usually take a couple of minutes.

  4. Arrange on platter and let them cool for 10 minutes. Serve them with the glaze.

Here is a shot of them prepped and ready for the grill:

And here is what is left of them after I was able to drag myself away from them long enough get my camera:

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