Warm Dates with Parmesan and WalnutsFeatured by Dierberg - Star Lane Vineyards in the Platinum Wine Club.
24 large dates, preferably Medjool
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 oz. piece Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano
24 walnut halves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a paring knife, make a small, lengthwise incision in each date and carefully remove the pit. In a bowl, gently toss the pitted dates with the 2 tsp. olive oil. Arrange the dates, slit side up, in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow baking dish. Using a vegetable peeler, cut the cheese into bite-sized shavings. Tuck a cheese shaving or two and a walnut half into each date. Bake until warmed through, about 10 min. Transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with more olive oil, and serve at once. Serves 6-8.