Friday, May 20, 2011
Blue Date (A Birthday Treat!)
For each sandwich you will need:
1 slice artisan bread (multi-grain or sour dough are best)
1/2 ounce blue cheese (best quality you can get)
2 pitted dates, diced
1 slice partially cooked bacon, diced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepitas (small pumpkin seeds)
Heat broiler. Spread blue cheese onto bread. Top with dates, bacon and pepitas. Broil directly on oven rack under heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until bacon is cooked through and cheese begins to melt. Serve hot.
Hints: I let the blue cheese sit at room temp for a few minutes and it spreads well. Make sure the bread is substantial enough to withstand the flavor and texture of the blue cheese. Don't let the bacon be too browned to start or it will burn before the cheese melts. I think that the same ingredients would work great with two pieces of bread and cooked in a sandwich grill, but then the bacon would need to be cooked all the way first.
Super blend of flavors! I created this sandwich after my last birthday party (what a surprise that was!) where my fantastic children served bacon wrapped dates, among other tasty items. They certainly understand how much I appreciate wonderful food. Thanks again Kidos!