We tried different ways to stuff dates for our upcoming Eid al Fitr potluck party. Eid al Fitr is the celebration that is at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Dates are used to break the daily fast during Ramadan because tradition holds that the prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) broke his fast with three dates and water. Because of this, there are a lot of them sold at the grocery stories this time of year.
It is very common to go to someone’s home this month with a box of dates as a gift. As a result, we have several in our kitchen.
We looked in our refrigerator to find various ingredients to try out stuffing flavors and came up with these six that we’ll be taking to the event next week. We tried much more, but these six were the top kid approved tastes.
To get started, we cut slits in the the dates and took out all the pits. Then we just stuffed and tasted!
Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets & Melted Chocolate Stuffed Dates
Let’s start with the most popular. These ranked the highest in thumbs up. The tart of the peanut butter & pretzel against the sweet dates & chocolate were the perfect combination.
Peanut Butter & Salted Caramel Almonds plus Melted Chocolate Stuffed Dates
These were also a huge hit with the kids. We tried the salted caramel almonds to start but also made some with regular (unsalted) almonds. The kids went fifty on them, but after they dipped them in the left over melted chocolate from the dates above, they didn’t care which ones they were tasting.
Almond & Brie Stuffed Dates
Everyone loved the almonds when they were also combined with brie cheese. Once the kids realized how much they loved the cheese flavor with the dates, we started to try different cheeses.
Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Dates
This honey goat cheese is one of our favorites and a staple in our kitchen, so we paired it with sun dried tomatoes to add a bit of tart. I also added a dash of basil on top. The adults like this more than that kids, but I’m sure the sun dried tomatoes had a big role in that decision. I wish we had cherry tomatoes as I’d be curious what fresh would do to the taste.
Fontina & Basil Stuffed Dates
These dates also got a “they’re okay” from the kids but the adults really loved the taste. We decided to try fontina cheese since we didn’t have any mozzarella to pair with basil leaf. Next time, I might also thrown in a slice of cherry tomato on top to see what that does.
Pistachio & Almond with Rose Water Stuffed Dates
The kids like these but they were probably the least favorite of the six due to the rose water. We made a few with only the pistachios & almonds and those were a hit. But the adults like the rose water, so I’d recommend making both and letting everyone decide on their own.
These were our top six ways to eat stuffed dates and can’t wait to share them with our friends to see what they think.
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