Pecan-Smoked Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Pecan-Smoked Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese.

Dates have been around for over 50 million years. So of course, I tried to improve them :).

Pre-pitted dates were stuffed with 1/4 teaspoon of goat cheese an roasted in the big green egg at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I added pecan wood chunks to the charcoal to get a little extra smoke-flavor.

Pros: The sweet-savory taste is addictive.  Roasting/smoking the dates resulted in a crunchy exterior and creamy interior, especially in the larger date pieces.

Cons: Most of the dates I chose were too small to appreciate the crunchy-creamy contrast.

Pre-pitted dates saved me some work since they've already been cut open and hollowed out. All I had to do was fill with goat cheese
Pre-pitted dates saved me some work since they’ve already been cut open and hollowed out. All I had to do was fill with goat cheese
stuffed dates
Dates stuffed with goat cheese and ready to go on grill. I skewered two dates per toothpick – this kept them intact on the grill
stuffed dates on grill
Stuffed dates on the grill being roasted and smoked (pecan wood)
The final product. Next time, I'll find larger dates.
The final product. Next time, I’ll find larger dates.

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