Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bite with Belkys: Stuffed Dates from The Local House
Appetizers are a small part of a meal, but they can leave a big impression with guests. A South Florida chef combines sweet, salty and savory flavors all in one bite. Time to grab a Bite with Belkys.
The Chef: Guily Booth
The Restaurant: The Local House (Sense Beach House)
The Dish: Stuffed Dates
2 oz. of lean ground beef
4 medjool dates (remove the seed)
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1/2 Tbs. of ground cumin
1 Tbs of ground coriander
1/2 Tbs. of curry powder
1 oz. of dubliner cheese, grated
2 slices of bacon, cut in half
2 Tbs. of yellow hot pepper paste (known as "aji amarillo")
1/2 of a yellow bell pepper, chopped and blended
3 oz. of heavy cream
Method of Preparation:
-Start by seasoning ground beef with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and curry powder.
-Then, add dubliner cheese and mix it all together.
-Now, stuff medjool dates with the ground meat.
-Next, wrap each date with half a slice of bacon and sear for about three minutes on all sides.
-Finish the dates in a 350 degree oven for about five minutes.
-Chef Guily also recommends making a sauce. In a hot pan, she combines a yellow hot pepper paste known as "aji amarillo" and blended yellow bell pepper and heavy cream. Let the sauce reduce.
Serve the sauce and place the stuffed dates on top. You can garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serving Suggestion: Pomegranate Caipirinha
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Local House (Sense Beach House)
400 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139