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Kofta-Stuffed Dates


Kosherizing popular foods is one of my passions, and I was determined to do so with the classic appetizer, bacon-wrapped dates. Stuffing the sweet dates with the spiced kofta filling and wrapping them in smoky kosher beef fry creates the perfect party bite that pairs well with beer. Your hubby will thank you.


Prepare the Kofta Stuffed Dates

Yields 24 dates

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, combine meat, shallot, garlic, parsley, spices, and pine nuts. Form the mixture into torpedo-shaped logs, each about one heaping tablespoon.
3. Slice open dates lengthwise, making sure not to cut all the way through. Discard pits.
4. Stuff dates with meat mixture. Wrap each date with a strip of beef fry; place on a rack set over a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.


Reprinted from Millennial Kosher by Chanie Apfelbaum with permission from ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, LTD.