Nothing is as emblematic of Moroccan cuisine as the date. The date palms' ability to thrive in desert oases made it essential to the nomadic Berbers that first inhabited Morocco over 2000 years ago. These Celebration Dates combine all the quintessential tastes of Morocco in one bite.
They used their leaves, wood, sap and fruit and called the date palm the "tree of life." So, dates are the natural accompaniment to Morocco's national drink, mint tea or "Berber whiskey," as it is sometimes called.
These Celebration Dates combine all the quintessential tastes of Morocco in one bite. I've been making them for 15 years and they are always a crowd pleaser, especially for wedding celebrations.
Moroccan Celebration Dates: To make, half the Medjool dates with a paring knife, discarding the pit. Next, fill the dates with cheese.
Moroccan Celebration Dates Recipe
8 Medjool dates
16 fresh spearmint or peppermint leaves
16 whole raw almonds
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1. Half the Medjool dates with a paring knife, discarding the pit.
2. Fill the dates with cheese.
3. Place a sprig of mint on the bed of cheese.
4. Seal the mint in place with an almond.