Some "cooktales" are a little more special than others. Last weekend, I cooked for a very special occasion: my brother'a wedding. It was my first catering job of sorts, and the food got rave reviews which made me more than happy. This recipe happened to be the hit of the wedding food spread. It's one of the quickest, easiest recipes I've ever created, and people will think you spent hours making it taste so great!
20-30 dates - pit removed and sliced in half Smoked salt
8-10 oz goat cheese - room temperature
1/4 cup milk
40-60 whole pecans - roasted
Balsamic glaze - for drizzling
Heat a grill pan to high heat and brush the pan with olive oil. Lightly salt each date half with the smoked salt (they look like little bugs... Don't be alarmed. Haha!)
When grill pan is hot, grill the dates. Start cut side down and grill for one minute on each side or until dates have dark char marks. Set dates aside and let cool.
Mix the milk and goat cheese together until smooth. Fill each date with about 1 tsp of the goat cheese mixture.
Lightly sprinkle more smoked salt over the goat cheese. Top each date half with one roasted pecan and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
CHEERS TO HAPPY EATING!!!