The Superbowl is over, but apparently the Superbowl appetizer posts aren’t. I’ve made these twice now, once for New Years, once for the Superbowl, and they’re great. Actually, I must admit: I came up with the idea, but my friend’s 15 year old daughter Mary made them. And did a great job!
First you start by making the filling. Take a small container of mascarpone and scoop it into a bowl. Mix in the zest of an orange, half of the juice of the orange, and a teaspoon of ground cardamom.
Split open a date, and spoon a little of the filling into it.
Top with some crushed pistachios and a drizzle of honey.
Repeat until you’re done!
Orange Mascarpone Filled Dates
1 8oz container Mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
zest of 1 orange
juice of 1/2 orange
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 lb. Medjool Dates (already pitted are easier, but either are fine)
1/4 lb. pistachios
2 tablespoons honey
1. Mix the mascarpone, orange zest, orange juice, and cardamom in a small bowl.
2. Pull open dates, remove pit if present, and fill with mascarpone filling. You can either pull it apart and spoon it in, take a cold pinch and press it in, or pipe it in with a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Any way will work fine.
3. Crush the pistachios (a ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer work well, as do a mortar and pestle). Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the dates. Drizzle with honey.