fresh dates with blue cheese
This is one of those really simple ideas where the whole far exceeds the sum of the parts….a flavour explosion. As with any simple recipe, it is really critical that you use the highest quality ingredients. So make sure you use the best fresh dates you can get your hands on. If all you have is supermarket pitted dates you would be better off to turn them into sticky date pudding and save this recipe for another day.
The dates are a great thing to serve at the end of a casual dinner when you want something simple to go with some warming Rutherglen Muscat or a luscious Botrytis Semillon (Sauterne).
6 - 8 dates
blue cheese, such as gorgonzola
Cut a slit down one side of each date and remove the seed. Fill the cavity with a chunk of blue cheese.
Serve at room temperature with a good grind of black pepper.