Fried Dates – 2 Ways

Proscuitto-wrapped dates

As some of you may have guessed, I live in the desert. One of my hobbies is proofreading — so you can laugh when you catch an occasional typo in these blogs. One should never try to proof one’s own work as the eye will see what it expects to see. But (as usual) I digress.

Often, people inadvertently misspell “dessert” as “desert” and as we all know, there is quite a difference! An easy way to remember? For “dessert” you always want that extra helping – the extra “s”.

Today’s desserts – and there are 2 – are from the desert, quick and easy to make, and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and one will satisfy that yen for sweet and salty.

The first is Fried Dates with Prosciutto and the other is Fried Dates with Pistachio Cream. OK … I said sweet and easy, but not hard on the diet, either. Dates are full of fiber and other good stuff.  So think of desert breezes, sitting under a cluster of palm trees, and enjoy!

Fried Prosciutto Wrapped Dates

  • 4 oz Prosciutto (should give you 8 to 10 slices)
  • Medjool pitted dates, as many as the number of slices of Prosciutto you have.

Preheat oven to 350 (or toaster oven to 325).

Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Wrap each date tightly with a Prosciutto slice, making sure that one side has the date peeping out of it. (Some people like to pack the date with goat cheese – I don’t since it would work against the simplicity and sophistication of the other two flavors. But you can stuff the dates with blanched almonds, if you want added crunch.)

Arrange on a baking dish, toast the dates for 10 minutes, turning half-way through the process. Serve warm.

Fried Dates with Pistachio Cream

  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 oz. good quality pitted dates (your favorite kind; I like Medjool)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted, slivered pistachios
  • 1 c heavy cream

Heat oil in heavy 10″ skillet until oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully add the dates. Be careful not to drop them so they won’t splatter. Stir them around for 10 to 20 seconds. They don’t take long! Remove with slotted spoon to serving dish.

Add pistachios to cream in pitcher. Pass the pitcher with the nuts and cream and let everyone pour some over their hot dates.

Serves 4

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