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Kofta Stuffed Dates

Instead of bacon stuffed dates, here’s a savory, kosher spin on the original. Chanie Apfelbaum, otherwise known as @busyinbrooklyn, was kind enough to share this recipe with me, from her upcoming cookbook, Millennial Kosher.

1 lb. ground chuck

2 Tbsp grated shallot

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp chopped parsley

1⁄2 tsp cumin

1⁄2 tsp allspice

1⁄4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp kosher salt

1⁄8 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp pine nuts

24 Medjool dates

12 slices beef fry, sliced in half lengthwise

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine meat, shallot, garlic, parsley, spices, and pine nuts. Form the mixture into torpedo-shaped logs, each about 1 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.


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