Date Night

There are certain foods that I think I should like, but don’t quite—like oysters.  I keep trying them in hopes of developing an affinity for them yet at this point, I’m starting to wonder if that day will ever arrive.  My story about dates has a happier ending.   My dad has always loved any kind of dried fruit and would consistently receive those cellophane-covered dried fruit platters for Christmas.  The sticky, overly sweet morsels held absolutely no appeal for me.  Over the years, I haven’t even tried to like them.  Then my sister Diane and her husband took a trip to Scotland and brought back a recipe for the most delicious (date-filled) Sticky Toffee Pudding ever and I could concede that this little fruit was very yummy blended in with other ingredients.  My interest was piqued.  When I saw a recipe for sautéed dates with sea salt and lime zest, I couldn’t resist, and good thing I didn’t!  I’ve been making this ever- so- simple appetizer since then, especially in the summer because it seems to fit.  The moral of this story is: even if you “think” you don’t like dates, give this a try—you’ll be surprised.

Dates with Sea Salt and Lime Zest

30 small pitted dates (available in the “bulk” department)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ – ¾ teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons grated lime zest*

Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add dates.  Sauté until dates are softened and just starting to brown.  Remove dates to serving platter and sprinkle with sea salt and lime zest.  Serve 6 as appetizer

* I use a microplane

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