Have a Date ( or two) with Ric Orlando
Winter is Date season and it is on the way. The chill in the air kinds sucks for some things, but for winter fruit it rocks!
When I consulted for HITS in the California dessert, the date palms were everywhere, dropping dates like turds from a trotting pony. Once I realized what they were, I began gathering, washing and consuming them with abandon. If you haven't experienced date lust, you should. They are richly textured with a sweet, meaty fruit. Along with figs and apricots, they are the offal of fruit. Deeper flavored, more exotically textured and more mysterious than any plain old winter fruit.
Dates lend themselves to savory applications well because of their inherent meatiness.
Cook some dates for the holidays!
Devils on Horseback,
Serves 4 as an appetizer
16 large pitted dates
¼ cup soft goat cheese
8 strips smokey bacon, cut in half legnthwise
1tsp ground coriander
4 tbls honey
4 tbsl Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste