The combination of coarse sea salt and the sweet dates with the tangy taste of Feta is truly addictive! These wee appetizers are quick, easy, and will likely make you groan with the great taste as it explodes on your taste buds.
Serve them warm; you can either heat up the oven to 190°C (375°F) and bake for 5 or 6 minutes, or zap them in the microwave; I prefer the latter as it is far more energy-efficient, quick, and literally last-minute before guests sit down at the table, or couch, or wherever you’re serving your appetizers / starters / hors d’oeuvres.
I served this appetizer along with a recipe for Apple & Date Chicken Curry (coming soon!), and smoked Basmati rice, with Apple Tiramisu for dessert.
Plan for 6-8 per person, more or less.
Salted Dates Stuffed with Feta Cheese
Dates – de-stemmed and pitted
100-200 gr. Feta Cheese, sliced into date-slit-sized wedges
Coarse sea salt
TIP: Dates are much easier to handle if your hands are wet – they won’t stick as much.
To prepare the dates, slice a knife along the length; pry the opening open with your fingers, and slip the seed out of the centre, being careful to leave the ends of the dates intact if possible.
Stuff each date with a wedge of Feta (or any goat cheese), and then sprinkle all of them with coarse sea salt (table salt is not recommended, as you don’t want them uniformly salty – just accented with it).
Just before serving, either bake (as above) or zap in the microwave less than a minute (mine took about 30-40 seconds); you just want the dates warm and the cheese soft, not melted out of the fruit!