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Stuffed Pink Dates with Walnuts & Pecans


Some time again, my sister purchased a package deal of walnut stuffed purple dates from Costco and shared them with Mama Lin. In typical Asian mother style, Mama Lin took one have a look at them and declared that she might simply make them at residence too. Normally, we roll our eyes when Mama Lin makes these sorts of statements. On this case, nevertheless, I’m glad she found out the right way to make walnut stuffed purple dates. I really like snacking on them! As she labored on recreating this snack, she found that pecans work very nicely, too. That’s why I embody instructions on the right way to make the stuffed purple dates with each pecans and walnuts.

Stuffed Red Dates with Walnuts and Pecans in a plate

WHAT ARE RED DATES (紅棗)?

Pink dates, ziziphus jujuba, are quite a lot of dates which were cultivated in Asia and the Center East for hundreds of years. In China, Xinjiang Province is understood for its purple dates. Different widespread names of the fruit embody jujubes or Chinese language purple dates. I’ll be utilizing the identify purple date and jujube right here interchangeably. (Be aware: jujubes are totally different from dates that come from date palm bushes, like medjool dates.)

Fresh jujubes

Unripe jujubes have a light-weight yellow-green shade. At this stage, the fruit may be tart. Because the fruit ripens, the outer pores and skin turns brown. Within the picture above, you may see that the dates are transitioning into their full ripeness. Recent jujubes are barely crispy however not juicy. As a result of the flesh isn’t succulent, the feel is sort of foamy. When it comes to taste, jujubes style virtually like a candy apple although jujubes have milder taste. 

When jujubes begin to dry, the flesh wrinkles and the pores and skin turns purple. That’s why they’re often called “purple dates” in Chinese language (紅棗 in conventional characters; 红枣 in simplified characters). 

Dried purple dates are generally utilized in conventional Chinese language drugs (TCM). Particularly, purple dates are supposed to assist strengthen the bodily capabilities of the spleen and abdomen, nourish the blood, and calm and loosen up the thoughts. In case you are eager about studying extra in regards to the medicinal properties of purple dates and the way they’re utilized in TCM, try Historical Knowledge, Trendy Kitchen by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir & Mika Ono.  Moreover their medicinal properties, purple dates additionally add delicate sweetness to a dish. 

WHERE TO BUY RED DATES

In California, you may often discover contemporary jujubes on the farmers markets from September to early October. For dried purple dates, you’ll find them year-round in Asian supermarkets. In Sacramento, you may often discover purple dates in 99 Ranch Market, SF Grocery store, and Asian Meals Middle. You can too discover them on Amazon.

HOW TO MAKE PECAN & WALNUT STUFFED RED DATES

Small and large red dates

PREPARE RED DATES

Mama Lin makes use of medium-sized purple dates for this recipe principally as a result of that’s what she often retains in her pantry. They’re about 1” to 1 1/4” lengthy and about 3/4” broad. Additional massive purple dates (大紅棗/大红枣) work for this recipe as nicely. They’re typically about 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4” lengthy and 1” broad, and so they’re often softer than the smaller purple dates.

Rinsing Red Dates with salt and flour

Though it isn’t crucial, Mama Lin likes to rinse the dates earlier than she makes the snack. Place all of the dates inside a bowl. Add a little bit of salt and flour into the bowl. The aim of the salt and flour is to scrub any particles lodged into the deep ridges of the dates. For those who’re gluten-free, you should utilize any sort of gluten-free flour or use extra salt.

Rinsing Red Dates (jujubes)

Add some water into the bowl, sufficient to assist you to rinse the purple dates. You don’t need to use an excessive amount of water or else the salt and flour will probably be too diluted. Scrub the dates with the salt and flour. Drain the water and rinse the dates with two extra modifications of water. 

Drying rinsed red dates

Drain the dates and unfold them over a baking sheet lined with a towel or paper towels. Then, pat the dates dry with one other towel.

Roasted pecans and walnuts

ROAST NUTS

Walnuts and pecans are nice for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Roast the pecans for 8 minutes; roast the walnuts for 9 to 10 minutes. Pecans are often smaller and thinner, so that they’ll roast quicker. Let the nuts cool for at the very least 20 minutes. 

One piece of pecan or 1/2 of a walnut half suits completely right into a medium purple date. For those who’re utilizing walnuts, slice the toasted walnut halves in half. You don’t must slice the walnuts should you’re utilizing massive purple dates. Additionally, you don’t must do something to the toasted pecans.

Pitting Red Dates with Stainless Steel Straw

REMOVE THE PITS

Pink dates have a small, skinny pit on the heart. Mama Lin makes use of a chrome steel straw to push the pit out of the date. Beginning with one finish of the date, push and twist the straw into the date. Hold pushing the straw till you attain the midway level. Then, take out the straw, and push the straw via the purple date on the opposite finish, till the pit comes out. Take away the pit from the straw. 

Piercing Dates From One End

The rationale why Mama Lin pokes the straw via each ends is as a result of the purple dates will look neater after the dates are pitted. Within the picture above, my mother pushed the straw from one finish right through to the opposite aspect. Do you see how the date rips open when she does this? As a result of this makes the dates look messy, Mama Lin recommends poking the straw via each ends.

Using BBQ skewer to dislodge pits

Generally, the pit will get caught contained in the straw. When that occurs, my mother makes use of an extended BBQ skewer to dislodge the pit from the straw. 

Some store-bought dates are extremely agency and dry. For those who’re having hassle pushing the straw via the dates due to their dryness, you must steam the dates. Steaming the dates helps soften them and makes the dates extra nice to eat.

Steaming red dates inside wok

STEAMING RED DATES

Mama Lin doesn’t all the time steam the dates. Like I discussed above, the steaming course of can soften very dry dates. To steam purple dates, result in 2 inches of water to boil inside a wok.  Place a tall steaming rack contained in the wok. Unfold the purple dates over a plate and steam them for five to eight minutes. You can too do that in every other steaming setup. Let the dates cool fully earlier than pitting them.

Cutting open red dates with scissors and knife

SLICE RED DATES

Take a pair of kitchen scissors and poke one aspect of the scissors into the middle of the pitted date and minimize alongside the size of the date. The date ought to now open up like a e-book. Just remember to don’t minimize the date into two separate items since you’ll must nestle the nuts contained in the dates later. For those who don’t have kitchen scissors, you may also slice the purple date with a knife.

Stuffing dates with walnuts

STUFF DATES WITH NUTS

Open up a purple date and insert a bit of pecan or a half piece of walnut contained in the date. Then, squeeze the date shut to safe the nut inside. Switch the date to a plate and repeat till you’re performed stuffing all of the purple dates with the nuts. These stuffed purple dates ought to maintain for two to three weeks.

MORE MAMA LIN RECIPES

Stuffed Red Dates with Walnuts and Pecans


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Servings: 70 items

Creator: Lisa Lin

Stuffed Pink Dates with Walnuts & Pecans

You can also make these stuffed purple dates with medium-sized dried purple dates, or the additional massive dates. The instructions within the recipe describe the right way to make this snack utilizing medium-sized dates. See observe 1 for extra info on making the snack with further massive dates. To arrange the purple dates, my mother likes to scrub off any particles that is likely to be caught contained in the ridges of the dried dates. Admittedly, I don’t do that except I can see apparent indicators of grime on the dates. I included instructions for cleansing the dates beneath. You need to use walnuts, pecans, or a combination of each for these stuffed purple dates. Nonetheless, observe that pecans often roast faster than walnuts. This recipe makes about 70 to 75 items

Prep Time45 minutes

Cook dinner Time10 minutes

Substances

  • 1 cup walnut or pecan halves
  • 70 to 75 medium-sized dried purple dates, about 1” to 1 1/4” in size, see observe 1

For Rinsing Jujubes

  • beneficiant pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons flour

Gear

  • baking sheet
  • chrome steel straw, see observe 2
  • lengthy BBQ skewer (to take away pits caught inside straw)

Directions

Roast Nuts

  • Place an oven rack to the middle place. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Unfold the nuts over a baking sheet. For those who’re utilizing pecans, bake them for 8 minutes; for walnuts, bake them for 9 to 10 minutes. Allow them to cool for at the very least 20 minutes. You possibly can roast the nuts a number of days forward.

  • In case you are utilizing walnuts, slice them in half.

Rinse Dates (Non-compulsory)

  • Place the purple dates inside a bowl. Add the salt and flour into the bowl. The aim of the salt and flour is to scrub any particles lodged contained in the deep ridges of the purple dates.

  • Add some water into the bowl, sufficient to assist you to rinse the purple dates. You don’t need to use an excessive amount of water or else the salt and flour will probably be too diluted. Scrub the dates with the salt and flour.

  • Drain the water and rinse the dates with two extra modifications of water.

  • Unfold the rinsed dates over a baking sheet lined with a towel or paper towels. Pat the dates dry with one other towel and allow them to dry fully.

Take away Pits

  • Take a purple date and push the straw into one finish of the date. Hold pushing the straw till you attain the midway level. Then, take out the straw and push the straw via the jujube on the opposite finish, till the pit comes out.

  • Take away the pit from the straw. If the pit will get caught contained in the straw, use the BBQ skewer to push the pit out. If the purple date is just too dry, it is going to be tough to push the straw via the date. Steam the dates to melt them. See observe 3 for steaming instructions.

Minimize Dates

  • Take a pair of kitchen scissors and poke one aspect of the scissors into the middle of the pitted date and minimize alongside the size of the date. The date ought to now open up like a e-book. Just remember to don’t minimize the date into two separate items since you’ll must nestle the nuts contained in the dates later.

  • For those who don’t have kitchen scissors, you may also slice the purple date with a knife.

Stuff Dates

  • Open up a purple date and insert a bit of pecan or a half piece of walnut contained in the date. Then, squeeze the date shut to safe the nut inside.

  • Switch the date to a plate and repeat till you’re performed stuffing all of the purple dates with the nuts.

Video

Notes

  1. Utilizing extra-large dates: You can too use the big, plump purple dates (大紅棗/大红枣) for this recipe. As a result of these dates are bigger, you may insert a whole walnut half into the date and it’ll match completely. Subsequently, if you wish to make 70 to 75 stuffed purple dates utilizing the bigger dates, you’ll must roast 2 cups of walnuts.
  2. A observe about straws: For those who don’t have a chrome steel straw, attempt to discover one thing else sturdy. Bamboo straws must also work. If potential, clear the within of the straw after you pit all of the dates.
  3. Steaming instructions: To steam the purple dates, boil about 2 inches of water inside a wok. Place a tall steaming rack contained in the wok. Unfold the purple dates over a plate or pie dish and steam them for five to eight minutes. You can too do that in every other steaming setup. Let the dates cool fully earlier than eradicating their pits.

Vitamin

Serving: 7items | Energy: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.9g | Protein: 3.1g | Fats: 7.8g | Saturated Fats: 0.7g | Sodium: 2.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 6.1g

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