8 Days of Recipes. Day 6: Macadamia Chevre Stuffed Dates with Pomegranate Seeds
Cheese stuffed dates have always been a favorite treat of mine, and they make a wonderful appetizer. So I have created a non dairy vegan and raw version of them so those with food allergies and on special diets can still enjoy them as well. I make a nut cheese with macadamia nuts because they taste the closest to traditional chevre cheese, then I add a few pomegranate seeds and stuff the dates. It is the most wonderful combination of sweet, creamy, tart and crunchy all in one bite. You would never guess these do not contain dairy. They would be perfect at a holiday party on a platter since they are so festive with the pomegranate seeds. If you like your dairy, add one of our many types of goat cheeses available in the deli department.
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
In a high speed blender or food processor, combine the nuts, lemon juice, and sea salt and blend until smooth and creamy. Place the cheese mixture in a bowl in the refrigerator and let chill for about 4 hours. Once chilled, place in a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Lay out all of the dates on a plate. Place a few pomegranate seeds inside each one, then pipe some of the cheese into each one on top of the seeds until they are all filled. Top with a few more seeds. Serve!
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