It’s A Date! (Stuffed Dates With Feta, Bacon, & Pecans)

Stuffed Dates

Isn’t it ironic how some of the tastiest combinations in food (and life) defy logic?  Take The Man Of Few Words and me…

We were catapulted together.  Coaxed.  Coerced.

Yup… we met on a blind date.

Stuffed Dates

More than likely we passed each other at the post office with a polite “hello” or collided carts at the market with an apologetic “sorry,” but other than chance encounter, we remained clueless that a date would be fodder for future marital bliss.

And a blind date?  Noooo waaaay!!!

Leave it to a friend to bend cosmic forces with his sales pitch…

“Ya gotta meet my neighbor!” he’d exclaim to me every day at work, unbeknownst to TMOFW.

“Ya gotta meet the gal I work with!” he’d declare to TMOFW every weekend, unbeknownst to me.

Frankly I didn’t want any part of it — nor did my husband-to-be ;) — but resistance was futile.  After months of rejecting well meaning, matchmaking banter, we finally agreed to be “introduced,” if only to get our friend to please stop.

Fast forward to a late-night meal at the Happy Chef…

TMOFW and I met at the appointed hour to dine with our friend and his wife when we received a phone call (at the last minute, of course…) saying they couldn’t join us.  Something about a babysitter not showing up?  Oh well, stuff happens.  We were on our own.

It occurred to me then that I could bail, but I was hungry and my date seemed nice enough.

Quiet, but nice. :)

After plowing through an Everything Omelette, hashbrowns, toast, orange juice, and coffee, I eyed the stack of pancakes resting idly on TMOFW’s plate.  (Refer to hungry above…)

Setting aside pride, I casually asked, “Are you gonna eat those?”

A grin spread across his face like a summer sunrise, warmer and brighter by the second.

“Have at it,” he casually replied.

Between bites, we talked — or rather, talked and he listened — and before we knew it, it was 5:00 a.m.

Thirteen years later, we can’t thank our friend enough!

Stuffed Dates

Stuffed Dates

(Filling inspired by Sing For Your Supper.  Thanks, Amy!)

8 to 10 Medjool dates

1/4 c. Feta cheese

1 to 2 Tbsp. milk

2 strips of bacon, fried crisp & crumbled

1/4 c. finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Slice dates lengthwise without cutting through; remove pits.

In a small bowl, combine Feta cheese with enough milk to form a thick paste.  Stir in crumbled bacon and pecans.

Stuff dates with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture each.

Place in a baking dish; heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cool slightly before serving.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Dates

Wanna know what the clincher was?

My “blind date” followed up with a five page letter the next day…

and y’all know how I feel about writing.  :)

Enjoying unlikely combinations and date night,

~ Kimby