Dates With Cream and Chopped Pistachios

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Dates and dairy are ancient staples of the Middle East. This recipe, from Yvonne Maffei, who writes the popular cooking and nutrition blog My Halal Kitchen, combines the two into a luxurious dessert, for Ramadan or other feasts, with very little effort from the cook.

Ingredients

  • 12

    large medjool dates

  • 24

    whole almonds (preferably blanched), walnuts or pecans

  • 3 to 4

    tablespoons crème fraîche

  • Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon or 1/2 orange (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1

    tablespoon coarsely chopped pistachios

    Preparation

    1. Rinse and dry the dates. Make a clean cut along the side of each date to open, and remove the pit.
    2. Stuff each date with 2 whole almonds and lightly pinch closed. (The recipe can be made up to this point up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container.)
    3. When ready to serve, arrange dates cut sides up on a plate or platter. Drizzle on the crème fraîche, making a dollop on each date. Sprinkle on the citrus zest, then the chopped pistachios. Serve immediately, as finger food or on plates with a small fork and knife.
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